A Spy by Nature

A Novel

Alec Milius (Volume 1)

Charles Cumming

St. Martin's Griffin

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"Tautly written, cleverly plotted...it reminded me strongly of the early books of John le Carré" -- Robert Harris, author of The Ghost and Fatherland
 
"Charles Cumming  is a man put on earth to perpetuate the spy thriller."  --The Daily Telegraph 
 
 "...supremely intelligent and utterly readable...Smartly paced and intricately plotted, Cumming's decidedly unglamorous look at industrial espionage provides plenty of elaborate deceits, double crosses and other trappings of a first-class spy thriller." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
Alec Milius, a recent graduate of the London School of Economics, is young, smart,  and a bit of a slacker, stuck in a shady job and suffering from a lack of direction.  So, when an old family friend offers to put him up for a job in British Intelligence, Alec begins the rigorous selection process for SIS or MI6.  Though he doesn't officially make the cut, he is funneled into a prime position at a British oil company with interests in the Caspian Sea.  He is directed to befriend Fortner Grice and Katharine Simms, two charismatic employees of Andromeda, a rival American oil firm.  Lured into the murky world of industrial espionage, Millius finds himself trapped in a life of secrets and lies, manipulated by MI6 and the CIA, and confronted by the reality of a ruthless business environment in which priceless information can come at the cost of human life. Compellingly told, utterly authentic, and heart-racingly tense, A Spy By Nature will grip you until the very last page.  

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Fiction Review: A Spy by Nature by Charles Cumming / Author . St. Martin's $24.95 (355p) ISBN 978-0-312-36635-3

L oosely based on the author's real-life experience of having been recruited by the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in 1995, Cumming's supremely intelli
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Charles Cumming

Charles Cumming is a journalist and contributing editor to The Week magazine.  Approached in 1995 for recruitment by the SIS, Cumming has weaved his personal experiences with SIS (MI6) into his fiction. He lives in London with his family.

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A Spy by Nature
A Novel
Charles Cumming

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 2008
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ISBN: 9780312366360
ISBN10: 0312366361
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
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July 2007
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ISBN: 9781429917124
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