The Spanish Game

The Spanish Game

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In exile, in danger, on the run, for six years Alec Milius has been trying to escape his past. But his past refuses to release him. Abandoned by MI6 after a disastrous operation with the CIA, Milius has slowly rebuilt his life in Madrid: he has a flat, a job - and a relationship with the wrong woman. Older and wiser than the young spy who first caught the eye of British Intelligence, Milius still has a talent for deception and a fatal weakness for secrets. So when a prominent politician disappears in suspicious circumstances he can't resist tracking him down. But the rules have changed. Alec is now working alone outside the boundaries of any official agency. Paranoid and expendable, he soon becomes vulnerable to the ruthless duplicities of the secret world. He can trust no one. But as he comes face to face with the nightmare of modern terror, Alec is given one last chance for redemption.show more

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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 114.3 x 177.8 x 35.56mm | 272.15g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
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  • 014101783X
  • 9780141017839
  • 922,509

Author information

Charles Cumming was born in Scotland in 1971. Author of the bestselling thrillers A Spy by Nature and The Hidden Man. The Spanish Game is his third novel. He lives in London.show more

Review Text

The disappearance of a Basque acquaintance sucks British expat Alec Milius (A Spy by Nature, 2007, etc.) back into the world of espionage.With money tucked away from his disastrous final year as a spy-in-training, and income from his job as consultant to banker Julian Church, Alec has been able to support himself in some style in his adopted city of Madrid. But the passage of six years has not wiped out his nearly paranoid fear that the CIA and his former British SIS masters would do him in if they ever came across his path. The paranoia ratchets up several notches when Saul Ricken, Alec's one-time closest friend, turns up in Madrid after having been dumped by his wife. Is Saul just a miserable cuckold, or an agent with an assignment to bring Alec back to Britain and to retribution from the murderous CIA agents he tangled with all those years ago? Alec's love life is as much on the edge as his spook life. He's sleeping with Julian's beautiful wife Sofia, and the affair is stormy. Both business and private lives take a new turn when the banker sends Alec to the Basque city of San Sebastian to interview Mikel Arenaza, a flamboyant one-time separatist, to find out if the Basque country has calmed down enough to be safe for capital investment. In a long boozy interview, Alec learns a lot about Basque-Spanish politics and some new bits about Julian and his previously unrevealed life in South America. Then Mikel, who's got a girlfriend tucked away in the capital, fails to make the follow-up session in Madrid. Julian's discreet efforts to find out what happened to Mikel land him in the thick of a terrorist plot, expose him to the spies he's been ducking and remind him how much he misses the life of a secret agent. Intricate, intelligent and, Spanish politics being what they are, occasionally confusing. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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