A contemporary spy novel which could be ripped from today’s headlines.
Kit Carradine, a successful writer of spy novels is approached on a London street by Robert Mantis, a British government “operations specialist” who persuades Carradine to make a delivery for the U.K., while he’s attending an upcoming literary event in Morocco. He jumps at the chance to be a spy rather than just writing about them. Carradine is asked to carry some cash to one of Mantis’s associates, and to keep an eye out for a woman, who may be attending his literary event.
Carradine finds himself searching for Lara Bartok, a leading figure in Resurrection, a violent revolutionary group targeting prominent right-wing political figures. Various intelligence services around the world want Bartok dead. Will Carradine save her? Can he save her?
THE MOROCCAN GIRL is a contemporary spy novel practically ripped from current headlines. It could happen. Carradine’s travels to Casablanca and Marrakech added classic movie-type intrigue to the story. My favorite part was Carradine character, particularly when he witnessed a Resurrection kidnapping as he was waiting to cross a London street. He was paralyzed by the fear that the majority of us would feel when witnessing an act of terror. That told me he was merely human, and not another overblown knight-in-shining-armor. He makes naive mistakes in his travels, confirming his inexperience. The story was well-paced and interesting.
Charles Cumming’s writing was good. I particularly like his use of the Secret Intelligence Service reports to convey Lara Bartok’s statement of what transpired in Morocco. Author Charles Cumming is a British writer of numerous spy fiction novels. Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Charles Cummings for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher St. Martin’s Press
Published February 12, 2019