Thomas Dunne Books
Britain’s MI5 tolerates Charlie Muffin because he’s their best field agent. What none of his colleagues knows, though, is that he is married to Natalia Fedova, a colonel in the FSB, the Russian intelligence successor to the KGB. It’s a secret that could land her in front of a firing squad, and him in jail for life. Worst of all, their daughter would then end up in a Russian state orphanage.
But a frantic call from Natalia has brought their secret out, and Charlie must lead a combined MI5/MI6 mission to rescue her. He soon realizes that his higher-ups have other priorities than his family’s safety. Charlie will have to outwit not just the Russians but his own government as well to protect the lives of his wife and child.
Clever, unpredictable, and exciting, Red Star Burning shows why Brian Freemantle has been widely praised as one of the greatest living espionage novelists.
“Freemantle…knows that the conflict at the heart of espionage fiction is not West versus East but individual versus organization. Charlie Muffin carries the individual’s colors as well as any character in the genre.”--Booklist
“Last seen in 2002’s Kings of Many Castles, working-class British spy Charlie Muffin once again proves that experience and intelligence (on the part of both author and hero) are at least as important as flying fists and explosions in the entertaining entry in Freemantle’s long-running series.”--Publishers Weekly
Praise for Brian Freemantle
“His thrillers . . . are both sleek and tough, filled with gritty characters and superb plotting.”
“Freemantle, certainly one of the top espionage writers today, may very well be one of the best of all time.”
“Impossible to put down . . . marvelous . . . real genius."
---The Washington Post
“Wonderful. . . . . Freemantle holds the reader in his thrall with masterful, insightful writing.”
“Praised as more than a match for John le Carré, Freemantle will not disappoint readers.”
“If you like to read about a protagonist who, like a master chess player, seems to be think three or four moves ahead of everyone, then the Charlie M series is for you. It is deliciously complex.”
“If Brian Freemantle isn’t the best writer of spy novels around, he’s certainly, along with John le Carré, in the top two. . . . It doesn’t get much better than this.”
---The Philadelphia Inquirer