Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Charlie Muffin Thrillers

You're not aware of Charlie Muffin. You don't see him at all, because Charlie is the sort of man that crowds are made of, a chameleon-camouflaged, world-class spy. His Hush Puppies are stretched to accommodate uncomfortably flat feet that strangely ache even more at times of danger, his store-bought suits are bagged and shined from wear and his shirt tail sometimes carelessly sticks out like a rude tongue. Which is how it genuinely points at both his colleagues in Britain's MI5 and Russia's intelligence system during its transition from the KGB to today's FSB. He's been its target for years but in the Red Star trilogy – Red Star Rising, Red Star Burning, and Red Star Falling – his importance reaches Kremlin level after he destroys a KGB operation 20 years in the making. Charlie accepts the revenge hunt as part of the job but it means he had to get his wife, Natalia, and their daughter to safety. Which involves getting them out of Moscow, as Natalia is a senior KGB colonel, a role she continued in the FSB. Charlie has kept their relationship secret from Moscow, London, and America until now, which has made him the target of not one but three intelligence services. At all of which Charlie goes on sticking out his tongue.

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Red Star Falling
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Red Star Falling

Charlie Muffin Thrillers (Volume 16)
Brian Freemantle
St. Martin's Press

"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

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Red Star Burning
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Red Star Burning

Charlie Muffin Thrillers (Volume 15)
Brian Freemantle
St. Martin's Press

A Barry Award Finalist for Best Thriller
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...

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Red Star Rising
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Red Star Rising

Charlie Muffin Thrillers (Volume 14)
Brian Freemantle
St. Martin's Press

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...

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Kings of Many Castles
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Kings of Many Castles

Charlie Muffin Thrillers (Volume 13)
Brian Freemantle
St. Martin's Press

Television audiences around the world witness in horror the Moscow assassination attempt upon the American and Russian presidents. The captured gunman is revealed to be the son of one of Britain's...

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Dead Men Living
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Dead Men Living

Charlie Muffin Thrillers (Volume 12)
Brian Freemantle
St. Martin's Press

"Top-flight spy fiction." - Kirkus Reviews

In Siberia, a sudden thaw uncovers two fifty-year-old murder victims as well as a host of disturbing questions. Since each is dressed...

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About the author

Brian Freemantle

BRIAN FREEMANTLE is the author more than thirty books, which have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. These include fifteen previous novels in the Charlie Muffin series. He has been foreign editor and chief foreign correspondent for the London Daily Mail and foreign correspondent for the London Daily Sketch, among others. He lives in England.