The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming

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A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011

The most closely-guarded secret of the Cold War is about to be exposed - the identity of a SIXTH member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring. And people are killing for it…

London, 1992. Late one night, Edward Crane, 76, is declared dead at a London hospital. An obituary describes him only as a 'resourceful career diplomat'. But Crane was much more than that - and the circumstances surrounding his death are far from what they seem.

Fifteen years later, academic Sam Gaddis needs money. When a journalist friend asks for his help researching a possible sixth member of the notorious Trinity spy ring, Gaddis knows that she's onto a story that could turn his fortunes around. But within hours the journalist is dead, apparently from a heart attack.

Taking over her investigation, Gaddis trails a man who claims to know the truth about Edward Crane. Europe still echoes with decades of deadly disinformation on both sides of the Iron Curtain. And as Gaddis follows a series of leads across the continent, he approaches a shocking revelation - one which will rock the foundations of politics from London to Moscow…

"Cumming's novel is characterized by a gripping sense of realism. He displays a vast knowledge of spycraft and Cold War history, and the dense, three-dimensional world he crafts comes complete with seedy hotels and smoky nightclubs. The result is absolutely gripping. Taut, atmospheric and immersive--an instant classic." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Trinity Six

The Trinity Six is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Thrillers title.

 

About Charles Cumming

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CHARLES CUMMING is the author of The New York Times bestselling thriller The Trinity Six, as well as others including A Spy by Nature and Typhoon. He lives with his family in London.
 
Published March 15, 2011 by St. Martin's Press. 369 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Kirkus Reviews

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Over a wine-soaked dinner with his friend Charlotte, Sam Gaddis, university professor and author of several widely unread books on Soviet history, learns a tantalizing piece of information: that the Cambridge Five, a real-life KGB cell that operated in 1930s England, was actually six spies strong...

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The New York Times

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The extraordinary range of legends and theories that have accreted around the Cambridge spies — like the contention, made by the onetime spy Peter Wright in his eccentric book, “Spycatcher,” that the former MI5 head Sir Roger Hollis was actually a Russian agent, or the notion propounded by a Russ...

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Publishers Weekly

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British author Cumming (Typhoon) revitalizes the moribund cold war spy novel in this stunning stand-alone that centers on the "Cambridge Five" (Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, et al.), who betrayed their country to the Soviet Union during and after WWII.

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BC Books

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The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming is a fictional spy thriller focusing on the theory that the Cambridge Five (a ring of English Trinity College students who were spies for Russia — Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, John Cairncross, Anthony Blunt, and Kim Philby) had a sixth member.

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Book Reporter

Sam has insider knowledge of the former Soviet Union --- his book, TSARS, compares Russia's anti-democratic president, Sergei Platov (Vladimir Putin?), to Peter the Great --- but otherwise he resembles a noncombatant traversing a minefield, with no clue about a spy's tradecraft (like how to lose ...

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The Washington Post

It may be best to begin a discussion of Charles Cumming's brilliant "The Trinity Six" with a look at the all-too-real spy scandal that inspired it.

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Dallas News

Tales about professional spies with licenses to kill, from Ian Fleming’s James Bond to Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, can be loads of fun.

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Reviewing the Evidence

The outing of John Cairncross as the fifth man – along with Burgess, Maclean, Philby and Blunt – in the notorious Cambridge Spy ring should have closed that chapter in the history of British-Soviet espionage.

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Open Letters Monthly

Gaddis had Googled Katya, turning up articles under her name of no interest to him.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: What if the Cambridge Five — a group of young men attending Trinity College at Cambridge University during the 1930s, who were recruited to pass state secrets to the Soviet Union, and identified as spies decades later — had a sixth member, one unknown even to this day?

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

I’m talking scoop.” As luck would have it, Sam’s close friend, journalist Charlotte Berg, drops a bombshell after a night of heavy drinking: “What if I told you there was a sixth Cambridge spy who had never been unmasked?” She goes on: “I’m talking about a legendary KGB spy…every bit as dangero...

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Scotsman.com

However, when, 60 or so pages into the novel, his hero, Dr Sam Gaddis, who teaches Russian history at University College, London, consults the relevant Foreign Office lists, and apparently finds that both Burgess and Maclean were at Trinity Hall, one cannot help thinking that a reputable publish...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Though they disagreed on whether The Trinity Six matched works by masters like John le Carré or even equaled previous books like The Spanish Game, they concurred that his latest book is much more finely crafted than the average espionage novel.

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Shots

He is urged by her husband to carry on where Charlotte left off, although Gaddis is unsure just how reliable any of this information will be after all this time, or whether there is a story in it after all.

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