Imaginative. Post-cold war spy novels can lack the tension that follows from the large scale deceptions that superpowers wrought on each other. Charles Cumming skillfully recreates that tension on a smaller scale in his finely written novel, A Foreign Country. Protagonist Thomas Kell had been tossed out of MI6 and doing very little for a half year when he’s called in from the cold to investigate the disappearance of the incoming chief, Amelia Levene. What follows is an imaginative and engaging story of personal and professional betrayal and support. If you like spy novels, you’re likely to enjoy this one. If you enjoy fine writing and avoid spy novels, you might want to give this one a try.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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