An organisation that doesn't exist.
A spy that can't be caught.
Years ago, a spy was born...
1989: The Cold War will soon be over, but for BOX 88, a top secret spying agency, the espionage game is heating up. Lachlan Kite, recruited from an elite boarding school, is sent to France, tasked with gathering intelligence on an enigmatic Iranian businessman implicated in the Lockerbie bombing. But what Kite uncovers is more terrifying than anyone expected...
Now he faces the deadliest decision of his life...
2020: MI5 hear rumours of BOX 88's existence and go after Kite - but Iranian intelligence have got to him first. Taken captive and brutally tortured, Kite has a choice: reveal the truth about what happened in France thirty years earlier - or watch his family die.
In a battle unlike anything he has faced before, Kite must use all his skills to stay alive.
'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
'With a lavish sprinkling of Bond...this is a high-quality spy story' Daily Mail
'Intelligence, grace, and stunning verisimilitude' Gregg Hurwitz, author of the Orphan X series
'An engaging hero' James Swallow, author of Nomad
'All the hallmarks of the finest spy thriller' Charlotte Philby, author of A Double Life
'Enviably sharp-eyed and satisfying' Henry Porter, author of Firefly
'A great new spy hero is born' Amanda Craig, author of The Golden Rule
'Don't overlook the depth of Charles Cumming's characterisations while you're busy writhing with excitement' Sunday Express
'Enthralling' Financial Times
'A clever thriller' Sun
'Charles Cumming has breathed new life into the spy novel' Ben Macintyre, author of The Spy and the Traitor
Publication Date: 02-Dec-2020
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited