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Catch The Heart and Blow It Wide Open
on 10 February 2017
Charles Cumming knows his stuff and knows MI6. It seems MI6 was a background for him. He has brought us Tom Kell, a spymaster who is at his best. Tom Kell had a nasty time with an American CIA agent who was into renditions and water boarding, and Kell took the major blame. He was disinherited from MI6 pending a trial. The trial is in limbo, and in the meantime, Kell is asked to return once again to assist Amelia, the 'C' of MI6. Amelia has promised Kell a new post. His salary and benefits were returned a year ago when he helped save Amelia's son. Now, she wants more.
Someone is leaking secrets in the Bosporus. There are several targets, and each one is looked at with great rigor. A fellow colleague has been killed in a plane crash, and it is up to Kell to find the reason. Somewhere between, London, Turkey, and Russia, there is a double agent. Along the way, a lot of good sleuthing and spy work. Kell has his choice of the best spies, and he once again meets up with an old antagonist and meets a new one. The environments in each of these countries is explored within the boundaries of work and play, and we are there. We can smell the sea, observe the night clubs and the restaurants. Harrods comes alive in London, the secret offices and houses of MI6, their offices in other countries, the secret phone rooms, the tea, the whiskey, the food, all lead us to an extremely well run organization. We meet the SVR, Russian secret agents, CIA, observe their methods of clandestine work. And, most of all, we get to know Kell, who is almost as secretive as Amelia, the woman he works for.
Such a well written novel, and you cannot guess how 'things' will work out because new problems and people pop up right until the end.
Recommended. prisrob 02-10-17