Container 88, by charles cumming, harpercollins, rrp14.99, 496 pages

Bonjour tristesse meets len deighton inside committed fusion of coming-of-age novel and gripping espionage thriller that switches between the south of france and london. box 88 is a secretive, elite anglo-american mini-spy company regarding path of lachlan kite, among its officers who has been kidnapped because of the iranians. cumming skilfully weaves to and fro between kites schooldays and also the present, taking his writing to a new level.

The dead-line, by holly watt, raven, rrp14.99, 460 pages

Watts high-octane second book roams from london to bangladesh via greece and washington dc. casey benedict, her protagonist, is a journalist regarding path of an international conspiracy involving surrogate moms, kidnapped rohingya refugees, corruption and dirty money. an award-winning former investigative journalist by herself, watts prose crackles with power.

The englishman, by david gilman, head of zeus, rrp18.99, 480 pages

When raglan, an old soldier within the french foreign legion, is recruited by mi6 for an off-the-books operation, he could be pitched into a fast-paced, dangerous journey through organised criminal activity in london and russia that leads to a siberian prison camp. the narrative goes at breakneck rate but amongst the activity gilman gradually and deftly unveils raglans back-story.

The runner, by stephen leather, hodder & stoughton, rrp16.99, 336 pages

Sally page, a junior mi5 officer, is out for coffee one early morning and comes back towards agency safe home discover a bloodbath. the woman colleagues were murdered and page is soon away from home. leather delivers an enthralling look over inside well-engineered, fast-paced chase thriller. bring about pages next adventure.

The paladin, by david ignatius, ww norton, rrp$27.95, 320 pages

No spy novelist understands the world of united states spookery better than ignatius, a prizewinning columnist the washington post. his most recent complex, knowledgeable tasks are one of his most useful. michael dunne is a cia officer working off-the-books navigating net deep fakes, a collapsing marriage and ruthless bosses, ready to sacrifice him whenever needed.

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