A Foreign Country (Hardcover)

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Charles Cumming begins his tale with the newly appointed head of England’s M16, who happens to be the first female chief spy, has gone missing, a young accountant is kidnapped and an elderly couple are tragically murdered.  This is a cunning story with many twists and turns before this highly successful novel comes to an end.  The Scandinavians may currently have all the attention, but this is one terrific English spy caper.

Jane D
— From A Foreign Country

August 2012 Indie Next List

“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


From the internationally acclaimed, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Trinity Six, " comes a compelling tale of deceit and betrayal, conspiracy and redemption

On the vacation of a lifetime in Egypt, an elderly French couple are brutally murdered. Days later, a meticulously-planned kidnapping takes place on the streets of Paris. Amelia Levene, the first female Chief of MI6, has disappeared without a trace, six weeks before she is due to take over as the most influential spy in Europe. It is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced in more than a decade. Desperate not only to find her, but to keep her disappearance a secret, Britain's top intelligence agents turn to one of their own: disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell. Tossed out of the Service only months before, Kell is given one final chance to redeem himself - find Amelia Levene at any cost. The trail leads Kell to France and Tunisia, where he uncovers a shocking secret and a conspiracy that could have unimaginable repercussions for Britain and its allies. Only Kell stands in the way of personal and political catastrophe.

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

“Bestseller Cumming follows 2011’s The Trinity Six with another superb stand-alone…Cumming is particularly skilled at sketching his characters…The elegant prose will appeal to those who don’t usually read spy fiction.” - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312591335
ISBN-10: 0312591330
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: August 7th, 2012
Pages: 357
Language: English