Charles Cumming was born in Scotland in 1971. Shortly after university he was approached for recruitment by the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), an experience that inspired his first novel, A Spy by Nature. He has written several bestselling thrillers, including A Foreign Country, which won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller and the Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year. He lives in London.
Praise for A Divided Spy:
`A gripping psychological clash of wills, tactics and morals ... Kell's third appearance confirms him as one of the most interesting and sympathetic characters in the spy thriller field' The Times
`Breathtaking . . . suspenseful . . . Kell brings a note of grace to the treacherous world of the spy novel' Washington Post
`A magnetic tale of the New Cold War: not since George Smiley trapped Karla have we seen such a delicious recruitment between East and West' Jason Matthews, New York Times bestselling author of Palace of Treason
`A clever spy thriller combining believable spycraft, deft characterisation and acute psychological observation' Ben Macintyre
`Agent Kell is hell-bent on revenge - but his quest ends up endangering Britain's national security. Classic spy fiction at its best' New York Post, "Must Reads"
`The spies' shifting psychological duel is riveting ... deftly coupled with a topical subplot' Sunday Times
`Thomas Kell has become one of the most interesting and well-drawn spies in contemporary literature - a man who deserves to be spoken in the same breath as George Smiley ... Delicately written, with Cumming's customary subtle humour, it confirms him as le Carre's heir' Daily Mail
`Wonderful stuff - Charles Cumming is the one true heir to John Le Carre and Ian Fleming. Nobody documents life in the shadows quite as brilliantly as Charles Cumming - the new spymaster on the block' Tony Parsons, author of The Murder Bag
`A clever, believable spy thriller by a man dubbed the heir to John le Carre' Sun