A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming

By Charles Cumming

A international state
Charles Cumming

On the holiday of a life-time in Egypt, an aged French couple is brutally murdered. Then, days later, at the streets of Paris, a tender French accountant is abducted. while Amelia Levene, who in six weeks is because of take over because the first girl leader of MI6, disappears with no hint whereas within the south of France, it's the gravest problem MI6 has confronted in additional than a decade. determined not just to discover her yet to maintain the clicking from studying that she has long gone lacking, Britain’s most sensible intelligence brokers flip to at least one in their personal: disgraced former MI6 officer Thomas Kell.

Tossed out of the provider basically months sooner than, Kell is given one ultimate probability to redeem himself—all he has to do is locate Amelia Levene: fast, quietly, and at any rate. Following a path that leads him to France after which Tunisia, Kell uncovers a stunning mystery and a conspiracy that may have unbelievable repercussions for Britain and its allies. All that stands within the manner of private and political disaster is Kell himself…

 

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He had two reasons for wanting to see the case solved. “I figure they still owe me my 15 percent,” he said. Under the norms of the criminal life, the person who learns of a potential score, or hatches the plan for it, and passes it on to others, is due 15 percent of the profits of the theft, depending on the tipster’s clout with the actual thieves. ” “You find out who did it,” Royce said. ” Also, Royce said, regardless of who had ordered it and why, the specific purpose of the theft way back in 1990 had long since passed.

Then, in late August, six months after their initial meeting, the stranger called Royce. “Let’s make a deal,” he said. As he continued to wait for an opportunity to cash in his big score, Royce finally heard the magic words from his fence. ” the stranger asked. ” “Stevie will meet you late tomorrow afternoon,” Royce said. “East Boston. ” The next day, Royce and Ralph Rossetti sat in Royce’s car about a block away from the arranged site for the meeting, a tunnel that carries cars to and from downtown Boston and Logan Airport.

That’s one of the most desirable suburbs outside of Boston, he thought. ” After a little more small talk, the kid told Royce that if he was looking for an easy score and was willing to share the proceeds of what was stolen, he might be able to gain him access to the house. “Tell me about the art,” Royce said. “Mostly it’s numbered prints. Chagall. ” “Wait a minute,” Royce interrupted. “Dalí? ” Although he had been breaking into well-to-do homes and condos in Newton and neighboring Brookline for several years, this would be the first time Royce would be stealing art.

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