Legacy by Alan Judd

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From award-winning author Alan Judd comes a gripping espionage novel set during the height of the Cold War. Capturing the tenor of 1970s London with assuredness on par with that of the genre's greats, Judd has crafted an extraordinary story about a young spy who discovers some shocking truths about his family.

Fresh out of the army, Charles Thoroughgood has barely begun his training in Britain's secret intelligence service, MI6, when his college association with a Soviet diplomat lands him on a case. The diplomat, Viktor Koslov, has been working in London and is behaving in ways that may suggest he's turnable. Charlie's higher-ups hope to exploit Viktor for their own purposes. But when Charlie makes contact, Viktor reveals certain information about Charlie’s family that he would rather not believe. Charlie soon finds his desire to learn the truth to be at odds with the goals of MI6. Caught at the intersection of the professional and the personal, he sets out to untangle the story within a story--all the while navigating a dangerous web of crosses and double-crosses that draw him deeper and deeper into the vortex of the international intelligence machinery.

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About Alan Judd

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Alan Judd began writing while in the Foreign Office. His biography of Ford Madox Ford won the Royal Society of Literature’s Heinemann Award. He recently published a biography of Mansfield Cumming, founder of Great Britain’s modern Secret Service. Judd writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph in London.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 258 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction

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Amid a smooth blend of high drama and homely detail, secrets within secrets are uncovered, flirtations come and go, honor and duty are discussed (amusingly, Viktor and Hookey deliver similar lectures of self-indulgence: to Viktor a symptom of the West, to Hookey a sign of the times), and Charlie ...

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“Malevich and the American Legacy” at Gagosian Gallery features work by Kazimir Malevich and contemporary and Modern American artists.

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Publishers Weekly

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Torn between his loyalties to his father and MI6, Thoroughgood refuses the payment that Koslov offers him for his father's years of service and decides to reveal his father's duplicity to his superiors and continue with the Koslov project.

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BY: Robert Zaller 04.24.2011 “Malevich and the American Legacy,” one of the most elegant and sheerly beautiful art shows of the season, traces the influence of the Russian S...

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