Old Flames by John Lawton

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In April 1956, at the height of the Cold War, Khrushchev and Bulganin, leaders of the Soviet Union, are in Britain on an official visit. Chief Inspector Troy of Scotland Yard is assigned to be Khrushchev's bodyguard and to spy on him. Soon after, a Royal Navy diver is found dead and mutilated beyond recognition in Portsmouth Harbor. Troy embarks on an investigation that takes him to the rotten heart of MI6, to the distant days of his childhood, and into the dangerous arms of an old flame. Brilliantly evoking the intrigue of the Cold War and 1950's London, Old Flames is a thrilling adventure of intrigue and suspense.
 

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John Lawton is a descendant of an Irish-American family who settled in Britain early in the last century. He has spent much of his adult life rediscovering his lost continent and interpreting it for British television, but is now fairly content to let time and chance bounce him between a hilltop house in the English Pennines and a Manhattan apartment... with frequent forays into the Chiricahua Mountains.
 
Published January 1, 1997 by ORION. 501 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A Cold War thriller that bids fair to catapult its author (Black Out, 1995) into le Carré/Furst territory.

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