The Man Between

By Charles Cumming,

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Book description

'Recommended. I read it one breathless sitting' Ian Rankin

A gripping new standalone spy thriller, recalling the classic film Casablanca, from the winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year and 'the master of the modern spy thriller' (Mail on Sunday).


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Why read it?

2 authors picked The Man Between as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

It is so realistic. How could a nerd novelist get sucked into a life-or-death spy intrigue?

All the characters are so believable in such an unbelievable story. You can almost see yourself in the protagonist’s shoes. There is tension and suspense even when there is nothing more than a writer’s conference going on.

I was turning those pages so fast to find out what was next. I am going to read it again to see if I missed anything.

The reason I recommend this book is because it is so different from most spy thrillers.

The hero,  Kit Carradine, is not a spy. He is a writer living a boring life in London. His father was a spy, however. He gets recruited to do a small job for the Service. When he agrees, his life is changed. Kit is different from the Jack Reachers and Ryans.

He is a professionally naive, and often in over his head, which provides readers a fresh and accessible vantage to the typical genre tropes.

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