The Moroccan Girl: A Novel (Hardcover)
“Charles Cumming has breathed new life into the spy novel.” —Ben Macintyre, bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends
In this gripping contemporary thriller, reminiscent of the classic Casablanca, a successful spy novelist is drawn into a real-life espionage plot when he’s ordered to find a mysterious fugitive on the alluring but deadly streets of Morocco.
Renowned author Kit Carradine is approached by an MI6 officer with a seemingly straightforward assignment: to track down a mysterious woman hiding somewhere in the exotic, perilous city of Marrakesh. But when Carradine learns the woman is a dangerous fugitive with ties to international terrorism, the glamour of being a spy is soon tainted by fear and betrayal.
Lara Bartok is a leading figure in Resurrection, a violent revolutionary movement whose brutal attacks on prominent right-wing public figures have spread hatred and violence across the world. Her disappearance ignites a race between warring intelligence services desperate to find her—at any cost. But as Carradine edges closer to the truth, he finds himself drawn to this brilliant, beautiful, and profoundly complex woman.
Caught between increasingly dangerous forces who want Bartok dead, Carradine soon faces an awful choice: to abandon Lara to her fate, or to risk everything trying to save her.
Published in the UK as The Man Between
About the Author
CHARLES CUMMING is the author of the Alec Milius books and the Thomas Kell books, A Foreign Country, A Colder War, and A Divided Spy, as well as the New York Times bestselling thriller The Trinity Six and others. He lives in London and writes for the Emmy Award-winning AMC TV miniseries, The Night Manager.
“Seduces with its romantic settings and tantalizing touches of modern-day conspiracy.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Cumming is a terrific stylist with a great sense of place.” —Publishers Weekly
“Nobody writes more enjoyable spy thrillers than Charles Cumming." —Anthony Horowitz, New York Times bestselling author
“Recommended. I read it in one breathless sitting.” —Ian Rankin, bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus series
“Lift the lid off Cumming's novel The Moroccan Girl and breathe in an exotic tagine stew, redolent of murderous international conspiracy, assassination, kidnapping, and a beautiful dangerous woman, set against the colorful matchstick mosaic of Marrakesh. Another Cumming triumph.”—Jason Matthews, bestselling author of The Kremlin’s Candidate and Red Sparrow
“I have been a fan of Charles Cumming ever since A Spy by Nature, and The Moroccan Girl is up there with the best—full of thrills, wit and fine writing, with a plot and themes that might have been taken from today’s headlines. Writer/spy Kit Carradine is a thoroughly engaging protagonist, and I look forward to meeting him again. Superb espionage fiction.” —Peter Robinson, bestselling author of the Inspector Alan Banks series
Praise for A Divided Spy:
"A gripping tale of revenge, betrayal and the personal price that spying exacts." —People magazine
“A smart, nuanced, readable tale, reminiscent of Olen Steinhauer or Robert Littell...Cumming has mastered the texture and language of espionage...[A Divided Spy is] a fine specimen of a genre headed back toward the Kremlin.” —USA Today
“Breathtaking...suspenseful...Kell brings a note of grace to the treacherous world of the spy novel." —Washington Post
“Agent Kell is hell-bent on revenge — but his quest ends up endangering Britain’s national security. Classic spy fiction at its best.” —New York Post, “Must Reads”
“Cumming writes with ruefully brittle intelligence and keeps the twists coming.” —Kirkus Reviews