Counter. Readers who enjoy spy novels in which things are not as they appear to be are those most likely to enjoy reading Charles McCarry’s novel, The Shanghai Factor. The unnamed protagonist has been recruited by HQ to go to Shanghai, learn the language well, and see what develops. The senior spymasters play a long game, and McCarry keeps the plot moving while placing the characters in situations that leave a reader wondering whether it’s counterintelligence or other factors that are driving the action. I found this novel to be entertaining, and enjoyed the complexity.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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