A Foreign Country (Thomas Kell #1) (Mass Market Paperbound)

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“Thomas Kell is a spy, or at least he used to be. He was 'asked' to retire -- which means he was forced out -- by the SIS, the British Secret Intelligence Service. But then Thomas is called back in because he's the best person to track down his old partner, Amelia. She is slated to become the next chief of SIS and has disappeared. Thomas discovers Amelia has secretly met up with the son she gave up for adoption many years ago, something that could ruin Amelia's career. Thomas is out to find her, protect her story, and redeem his life as a spy. As in all good spy thrillers, this one is full of intrigue and suspense, and Cumming is an expert storyteller.”
— Leigh Ann Giles, Western AS Bookstore, Bellingham, WA


A Foreign Country
Charles Cumming

On the vacation of a lifetime in Egypt, an elderly French couple is brutally murdered. Then, days later, on the streets of Paris, a young French accountant is kidnapped. When Amelia Levene, who in six weeks is due to take over as the first female Chief of MI6, disappears without a trace while in the south of France, it is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced in more than a decade. Desperate not only to find her but to keep the press from learning that she has gone missing, Britain's top intelligence agents turn to one of their own: disgraced former MI6 officer Thomas Kell.

Tossed out of the Service only months before, the spy is given one final chance to redeem himself--all he has to do is find Amelia Levene: quickly, quietly, and at any cost. Following an espionage trail that leads him to France and then Tunisia, Kell uncovers a shocking secret and a conspiracy that could have unimaginable repercussions for Britain and its allies. All that stands in the way of personal and political catastrophe is Kell himself...

About the Author

CHARLES CUMMING is the author of the New York Times bestselling thriller The Trinity Six, as well as others, including Typhoon, A Spy by Nature, and The Spanish Game . He lives in London.

Praise For…

Praise for Charles Cumming and

A Foreign Country

“A fast-paced and absorbing spy thriller.”—Wall Street Journal

“Charles Cumming makes his espionage novel feel fresh.” —The New York Times

“Simmers and crackles until the explosive finale.”—Library Journal

“Eat your heart out, Daniel Craig... Cumming vividly showcases meticulous research and insight into the undercover life of spies.”—GQ

“Superb.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A tale of European intrigue and conspiracy from a novelist who knows how the espionage game is played.”—Shelf Awareness

“Smart and intricate, with a large cast of cool characters and an authentic feel.”—Kirkus Reviews

“One of those very rare books that from its first page demonstrates that it’s something out of the ordinary, one of those tales that the reader hopes will never end...”—Bookreporter



Product Details
ISBN: 9781250029980
ISBN-10: 1250029988
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: April 30th, 2013
Pages: 429
Language: English
Series: Thomas Kell