C.K. “Kit” Carradine is a British thriller/spy novel writer. He is approached by an agent of the British Secret Service with what seems to be a simple mission – deliver an envelope to a woman at a literary festival the author is attending in Morocco. He gets to Morocco and finds the girl and delivers the envelope. That is where the story begins.
This book is my introduction to Charles Cumming and it won’t be my last. I loved this book. Carradine is a great character. He decides to do this favor for the service because his father was a spy, he finds writing spy novels solitary and boring, and he thinks (though this isn’t explicitly stated) doing this “mission” will be like what his spies do in his novels. Kit quickly finds out that he isn’t really a spy, makes some amateur mistakes, and gets embroiled in true spy game.
Charles Cumming writes a great story. The book was believable and entertaining. Most of the characters are fully drawn and he has a knack for description. I found the characters entertaining and authentic. The plot was tightly wound and convincing. The plot twists were authentic and did not feel like a trap or a trick. They felt like good story telling.
I hope this is not Kit’s last appearance. If you enjoy spy novels, I high recommend this one. It’s wildly entertaining and well-written. I won this book and received no other compensation in exchange for my review. The opinions expressed herein are mine and mine alone.