Crime Thriller Awards 2012

Crime Thriller Awards official logoThe Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2012 shortlist has just been announced, and Ayrshire-born Charles Cumming’s sixth novel ‘A foreign country’ has been shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger.

Six weeks before she is due to take up her position as the first female head of MI6, Amelia Levene vanishes without a trace. Her disappearance is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced for more than a decade. There has been no ransom demand, no word from foreign intelligence services, no hint of a defection. Should news of A foreign country by Charles Cumming.Levene’s disappearance leak out, the consequences would be catastrophic. But for disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell, the crisis offers a chance for redemption. He is approached by his former employers and ordered to find her. Kell’s search takes him first to France, then North Africa, where he discovers an extraordinary secret hidden deep in Levene’s past. it is a secret that could fatally compromise Britain’s national security – and for which Kell could pay with his life.

Charles was born in 1971, educated at Eton and graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1994 with First Class Honours in English Literature. In the summer of 1995, he was approached for recruitment by the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). His first novel ‘A spy by nature’ was published in 2001, and is based on his experiences in MI6. The Mail on Sunday has described him as the ‘master of the modern spy thriller’.

Check our catalogue for more titles by Charles Cumming.

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