The Spanish Game

A Novel

Alec Milius (Volume 2)

Charles Cumming

St. Martin's Press

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"The best of the new generation of British spy writers taking over where le Carre and Deighton left off." -- Observer (London) on The Spanish Game
"The serpentine twists and the unflaggingly realistic suspense leave you breathless, but spellbound." -- Daily Mail (London) on The Spanish Game
"Tautly written, cleverly plotted...reminded me strongly of the early books of John le Carre." -- Robert Harris, author of The Ghost, on A Spy by Nature
Six years ago, Alec Milius was released by MI6 after a disasterous operation.  His world shattered, Milius has been living in Madrid, attempting to put his former life as a spy behind him,  and quitely rebuild his life.  But all his plans come crashing down when the head of a separatist movement goes missing, and Milius is lured back into the world of espionage, the brutal world of lies and desperation. This time, though, Milius is forced to work alone - with no back-up, no support, and no one to save him should something go wrong.
And in an operation like this, something is certain to go wrong.  Horribly wrong.

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The door leading into the hotel is already open and I walk through it into a low, wide lobby. Two South American teenagers are playing Gameboys on a sofa near reception, kicking back in hundred-dollar trainers while Daddy picks up the bill. The older of them swears loudly in Spanish and then catches his brother square on the knot of his shoulder with a dead arm that makes him wince in pain. A passing waiter looks down, shrugs, and empties an ashtray at their table. There’s a general atmosphere of listless indifference, of time passing by to no end, the prerush lull of late afternoons.

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Praise for The Spanish Game

Praise for The Spanish Game:
"This is spy fiction of the highest order; Cumming deserves to be ranked with the best of the genre's practitioners."
-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A convincing character study of an imperfect spy...engrossing."
-- Daily Telegraph (London)
"A cracking good spy thriller...the serpentine twists and unflaggingly realistic suspense leave you breathless, but spellbound."
 -- Daily Mail (London)

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Fiction Review: The Spanish Game by Charles Cumming / Author . St. Martin's $24.95 (338p) ISBN 978-0-312-36639-1

Alec Milius, the protagonist of Cumming's well-received first novel, A Spy by Nature (2007), has created a new life in Madrid working as a researcher for a
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Charles Cumming

CHARLES CUMMING is the author of  international bestseller, A Spy by Nature. A former British Secret Service recruit, he is a contributing editor to The Week magazine and lives in London.

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The Spanish Game
A Novel
Charles Cumming

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St. Martin's Press
February 2010
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ISBN: 9781429951548
ISBN10: 1429951540
352 pages

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
October 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312366407
ISBN10: 031236640X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages

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