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This review is from: The Trinity Six (Hardcover)
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There's a line fairly late on in this novel that goes - "** was a member of the new generation of twenty-first century spies: post-Cold War, post 9/11, post-ideological, whose attachment to the old ways was by no means an article of faith." You might add to that 'post Le Carre' as well for that's how the book came across to me. It's a novel that reflects the kiss and tell of recent years where the secret agencies are concerned. Do you take your secrets with you to the grave and if you don't intend to, will someone try to kill you first in order to prevent it? That's what this novel is basically about and I found it highly engaging. It's well-written and easy to follow without being in any way patronising to the 'ordinary' reader. I speak as one who always found Le Carre rather obtuse. I well remember 'The Honourable Schoolboy' when it came out years ago and finding it like wading through treacle. Cumming writes clearly, tells his story with just the right pace and has thoroughly credible characters. It's based largely in present day London but there are forays to those good old hotbeds of old espionage - Vienna and Budapest. Made me wonder about ever switching my mobile on again but at the end there's a neat twist which suggests that the old ways aren't totally forgotten. Do read it. I don't think you'll be disappointed.