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Paranoid and devious
on 17 July 2017
The first of Charles Cumming's two stories in this series, 'A Spy By Nature', introduced us to Alec Millius, a young intelligence officer working for MI6. It was a book which started slowly, but gathered pace, and was sufficiently well-written to persuade me to buy Mr Cumming's sequel, 'The Spanish Game'. Several years have passed and Millius is now based in Madrid, working for a private bank, but still convinced that his past will catch up with him. By nature he is self-centred, paranoid and devious, and while these can be useful attributes in intelligence work, they are also character flaws which can be exploited by his enemies. Just because he's paranoid doesn't mean that there isn't someone out to get him!
'The Spanish Game' is well-written and an enjoyable read, notwithstanding the twists and turns of its complicated plot.