Publication Date: 30/09/2021 ISBN: 9780008363468 Category:


Charles Cumming

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 30/09/2021 ISBN: 9780008363468 Category:


This book is scheduled to be published on 30/09/2021.
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The second book in Charles Cumming’s gripping new thriller series surrounding BOX 88 – a covert intelligence organization that operates below the radar.
A spy in one of the most dangerous places on Earth…
1993: Student Lachlan Kite is sent to post-Soviet Russia in the guise of a language teacher. In reality, he is there as a spy. Top secret intelligence agency BOX 88 has ordered Kite to extract a chemical weapons scientist before his groundbreaking research falls into the wrong hands. But Kite’s mission soon goes wrong and he is left stranded in a hostile city with a former KGB officer on his trail.

An old enemy looking for revenge…
2020: Now the director of BOX 88 operations in the UK, Kite discovers he has been placed on the ‘JUDAS’ list – a record of enemies of Russia who have been targeted for assassination. Kite’s fight for survival takes him to Dubai, where he must confront the Russian secret state head on…

Who will come out on top in this deadly game of cat and mouse?

Publisher Review

Praise for the BOX 88 series: 'The talented Cumming comes up with a spy for the 21st century in Lachlan Kite' Daily Mail, Books of the Year 'A wonderfully taut, exciting and up-to-date spy thriller' Spectator, Books of the Year 'An ambitious fusion of coming-of-age novel and gripping espionage thriller' Financial Times, Books of the Year 'Charles Cumming is up there with the very best espionage writers' Ian Rankin 'A wonderful spy novel; Charles Cumming's most ambitious - and his best - yet' Mick Herron 'Atmospheric and full of sharply realised characters' Sunday Times 'Excellent' Anthony Horowitz 'With a lavish sprinkling of Bond and more than a teaspoonful of the Circus, this is a high-quality spy story' Daily Mail 'This clever thriller about loss of innocence and the consequences of spying totally rings true' Sun 'Charles Cumming writes with intelligence, grace, and stunning verisimilitude' Gregg Hurwitz 'Great work from Charles Cumming with a multi-layered plotline and an engaging hero' James Swallow, Sunday Times bestselling author of Nomad 'A layered and seamlessly constructed story with all the hallmarks of the finest spy thriller' Charlotte Philby, acclaimed author of A Double Life 'An enviably sharp-eyed and satisfying read. Great!' Henry Porter, author of Firefly 'A fast-paced story' Holly Watt, author of To the Lions 'Utterly gripping. A great new spy hero is born' Amanda Craig, author of The Golden Rule 'Ideal for anyone nostalgic for their first love and the whiff of Marlboro Lights' The Times 'I felt much of the same pleasure I invariably find in a John Le Carre novel' Nicholas Coleridge, former President of Conde Nast International "Don't overlook the depth of Charles Cumming's characterisations while you're busy writhing with excitement' Sunday Express 'An ambitious coming-of-age story combined with an enthralling spy thriller' Financial Times

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