Typhoon by Charles Cumming
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Charles Cumming, lauded internationally as the successor to John le Carré, returns with his biggest, most ambitious thriller to date. Beginning in 1997, just as the British are about to re - turn Hong Kong to Chinese rule, Joe Lennox, a young opera tive for SIS (MI6), loses both his girlfriend and his first high profile asset--a prominent defector who disappears from a safe house. The girlfriend he lost to Miles Coolidge, a hard-bitten CIA agent; the asset to collusion between his bosses and the CIA. Over ten years later, during the run-up to the Beijing Olympics, Lennox is back in China, facing his old nemeses. With the CIA plotting to use an Islamic group to destabilize China, the SIS seeking to thwart them and his old asset the key to all of this, Joe Lennox, Miles Coolidge, and the girlfriend they shared are all hopelessly intertwined in a plot where trust is impossible and truth is unknowable.

PLUS SPECIAL BONUS CONTENT: FIRST CHAPTER "SNEAK PEEK" OF CHARLES CUMMING'S THE TRINITY SIX.

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 October 27, 2009 by St. Martin's Press. 416 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Action & Adventure, War, Horror. Fiction

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Kirkus Reviews

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Joe Lennox, a British agent operating under deep cover in Hong Kong, is everything Miles Coolidge, his CIA counterpart, is not.

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Everything that was appealing about Joe — his decency, his intelligence, his loyalty and charm — was taken as a personal affront by the always competitive Coolidge.” In anything-goes competition between a gentleman and a shark, it’s not hard to guess who dominates — including in the contest for t...

Nov 20 2009 | Read Full Review of Typhoon: A Novel

The Bookbag

As John Le Carre's recent African adventures and now Charles Cumming's new Chinese based thriller show, the spy novel is still very much alive and kicking.

Oct 24 2009 | Read Full Review of Typhoon: A Novel

Bookmarks Magazine

With the CIA plotting to use an Islamic group to destabilize China, the SIS seeking to thwart them and his old asset the key to all of this, Joe Lennox, Miles Coolidge, and the girlfriend they shared are all hopelessly intertwined in a plot where trust is impossible and truth is unknowable.

Nov 23 2009 | Read Full Review of Typhoon: A Novel

ReviewingtheEvidence.com

He is not an altogether detached observer - he is a friend of the protagonist, Joe Lennox, a young undercover operative on his first foreign posting in Hong Kong and he dislikes the other major player, Miles Coolidge, an undercover CIA agent more than a decade older than Joe.

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