From award-winning author Alan Judd comes a gripping espionage novel set during the height of the Cold War. Capturing the tenor of 1970s London with assuredness on par with that of the genre's greats, Judd has crafted an extraordinary story about a young spy who discovers some shocking truths about his family.
Fresh out of the army, Charles Thoroughgood has barely begun his training in Britain's secret intelligence service, MI6, when his college association with a Soviet diplomat lands him on a case. The diplomat, Viktor Koslov, has been working in London and is behaving in ways that may suggest he's turnable. Charlie's higher-ups hope to exploit Viktor for their own purposes. But when Charlie makes contact, Viktor reveals certain information about Charlie’s family that he would rather not believe. Charlie soon finds his desire to learn the truth to be at odds with the goals of MI6. Caught at the intersection of the professional and the personal, he sets out to untangle the story within a story--all the while navigating a dangerous web of crosses and double-crosses that draw him deeper and deeper into the vortex of the international intelligence machinery.
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From Alan Judd, winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize for The Devil?s Own Work and author of the acclaimed biography Ford Madox Ford--a mesmerizing tale from the golden age of espionage.
It is the mid-1970s, the height of the Cold War. Charles Thoroughgood, recently discharged from military service, begins, rather comically, his training at MI6. But on one of his first real assignments, the charming but inexpert spook learns from a former Cambridge classmate a secret that threatens to end his career just as it begins: Charles?s deceased father, a decorated military hero, is suspected of having worked for the KGB. As Charles struggles to uncover the truth, ultimately forced to choose between honoring his father and the inexorable code of the Secret Service, he is drawn deeper and deeper into the vortex of the international intelligence machinery--far deeper than any veteran spy, much less a novice, could ever imagine.
Authentic and elegantly told, Legacy is an utterly satisfying new take on a classic genre.
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Alan Judd began writing while in the Foreign Office. His biography of Ford Madox Ford won the Royal Society of Literature’s Heinemann Award. He recently published a biography of Mansfield Cumming, founder of Great Britain’s modern Secret Service. Judd writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph in London.
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