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5.0 out of 5 stars Do believe the hype!, 2 Feb. 2006
This review is from: The Spanish Game (Hardcover)
I have to admit I was somewhat sceptical about this book given some of the overblown verbiage suggesting Cumming was the natural successor to Le Carre etc etc(aren't they all?!)but I've been proved wrong. Cumming knows his territory, in every sense, extremely well. He combines the ability to make the big moments genuinely powerful and shocking, with a fastidious eye for the tics and detail of a life of espionage. His almost unnerving ability to convey the paranoia of the lead character is absolutely gripping. Cumming also shines when capturing the awful sense of soulessness implicit in the life of someone who can trust and be trusted by nobody. Trying to combine such close human study with the bigger political picture of ETA etc might have been the downfall of a lesser writer but Cumming has really bothered to do his research and is fully up to the task. Pulsating, convincing and utterly absorbing, perhaps the time has come to stop drawing comparisons with other writers and for us to accept Cumming for what he is: the master of his genre.
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