"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
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, Milius 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.
St. Martin's Press
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“A pulsating thriller… The author transforms the mundane -- transmitting a fax, playing tennis, attending a dinner party -- into tension-packed scenarios.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Well researched and deftly plotted ... a book one would be seriously annoyed to have to put down.” —The Telegraph
“Cumming's supremely intelligent and utterly readable debut will delight fans of such British masters of spy fiction as John le Carré, Robert Ludlum and Len Deighton... Smartly paced and intricately plotted.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)