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Kennedy 35 (Box 88 #3)

Kennedy 35 (Box 88 #3)

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Publication Date: November 7th, 2023
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A Financial Times Best Thriller of 2023

Veteran agent Lachlan Kite—“a spy for the 21st century” (Daily Mail)—reckons with the fallout from a mission in Senegal carried out early in his career.

1995: In the wake of the Rwandan genocide, 24-year-old spy Lachlan Kite and his girlfriend, Martha Raine, are sent to Senegal on the trail of a hunted war criminal. The mission threatens to spiral out of control, forcing Kite to make choices which will have devastating consequences not only for his career at top-secret intelligence agency BOX 88, but also for his relationship with Martha.

2023: Eric Appiah, an old friend from Kite’s days at school and an off-the-record BOX 88 asset, makes contact with explosive information about what happened all those years ago in West Africa. When tragedy strikes, Kite must use all the resources at his disposal to protect Martha from a criminal network with links to international terror.

Charles Cumming once again straddles two timelines to create a high-tension thriller in this latest Lachlan Kite novel.

About the Author

Charles Cumming is a British writer of spy fiction. He was educated at Eton College (1985-1989) and the University of Edinburgh (1990-1994), where he graduated with 1st Class Honors in English Literature. He had been described as "the best of the new generation of British spy writers who are taking over where John le Carré and Len Deighton left off."

Praise for Kennedy 35 (Box 88 #3)

Steeped in recent history, Cumming’s third Box 88 novel depicts the international complexities of modern espionage as well as the inseparable intertwining of the political and the personal. Like le Carré and Lawton before him, Cumming is building a modern history through an espionage lens, book by methodical book. An intricate espionage thriller that’s both timely and convincing.

— Kirkus

Enthralling, haunting … Cumming is often compared to John le Carré, but he is his own man—taking the spy thriller to a new level of storytelling, one that illuminates the darkest corners of our modern world.
— Financial Times

Cumming masterfully orchestrates suspense as the characters’ pasts come to bear on their present…. This espionage tale grips from the get-go.
— Publishers Weekly

A compelling exploration of the consequences of realpolitik and the intermingling of the personal with the political.
— The Guardian

Cumming marshals his twin time frames expertly and illuminates an awful chapter in recent history. A first-rate spy thriller.
— The Mail on Sunday