- Hardcover: 358 pages
- Publisher: St Martins Pr (12 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250129958
- ISBN-13: 978-1250129956
- Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 544 g
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"Another winner from the superbly talented Cumming." --Booklist (starred review)
"Seduces with its romantic settings and tantalizing touches of modern-day conspiracy." --Kirkus Reviews
"Cumming is a terrific stylist with a great sense of place." --Publishers Weekly
"Well-written and suspenseful." --Washington Times
"Nobody writes more enjoyable spy thrillers than Charles Cumming." --Anthony Horowitz, New York Times bestselling author
"Recommended. I read it in one breathless sitting." --Ian Rankin, bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus series
"Lift the lid off Cumming's novel The Moroccan Girl and breathe in an exotic tagine stew, redolent of murderous international conspiracy, assassination, kidnapping, and a beautiful dangerous woman, set against the colorful matchstick mosaic of Marrakesh. Another Cumming triumph."--Jason Matthews, bestselling author of The Kremlin's Candidate and Red Sparrow
"I have been a fan of Charles Cumming ever since A Spy by Nature, and The Moroccan Girl is up there with the best--full of thrills, wit and fine writing, with a plot and themes that might have been taken from today's headlines. Writer/spy Kit Carradine is a thoroughly engaging protagonist, and I look forward to meeting him again. Superb espionage fiction." --Peter Robinson, bestselling author of the Inspector Alan Banks series
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"A gripping tale of revenge, betrayal and the personal price that spying exacts." --People magazine
"A smart, nuanced, readable tale, reminiscent of Olen Steinhauer or Robert Littell...Cumming has mastered the texture and language of espionage...[A Divided Spy is] a fine specimen of a genre headed back toward the Kremlin." --USA Today
"Breathtaking...suspenseful...Kell brings a note of grace to the treacherous world of the spy novel." --Washington Post
"Agent Kell is hell-bent on revenge -- but his quest ends up endangering Britain's national security. Classic spy fiction at its best." --New York Post, "Must Reads"
"Cumming writes with ruefully brittle intelligence and keeps the twists coming." --Kirkus Reviews
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Charles Cumming, Author of “The Moroccan Girl” has written an intense, intriguing, and captivating novel. The Genres for this novel are Thriller, Mystery, Suspense and Fiction. The time-line of the story is in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the events or characters in the story. The author describes his characters as complex and complicated.
“Kit” Carradine is an Author of mystery and thriller novels in England. He is approached by a member of whom he describes as MI6. There is a discussion of the “Resurrection revolutionary movement” that is a violent movement that kills right-wing politicians over the world. Kit is asked to take some information when he goes to a book festival near Morocco.
In this novel, there is danger, kidnapping, murder, and espionage. Little does Kit Carradine envision that he will be dealing with English, American and Russian agents.There are twists and turns, betrayals, and nothing seems the way it should. There are many adventures, that are far more threatening than are in his novels.
I would highly recommend this novel to readers who enjoy a highly intense, suspenseful story that is hard to put down. Happy Reading!.
OK, good. Another reason to read MG is the excellent Morocco background stuff. The plot is drenched with Morocco but has an equal part London, so for me it was firing on all cylinders even before I got to understand what the story is about. Well, it’s every spy fiction author’s dream….being recruited by the Service to help out in a case. Cumming takes it a step further and even tips his hat to some of the classic authors who did a bit of both in their careers – and left out a modern one, as rumor has it, who has frequently been invited to share thoughts with the DC pros from time to time. Anyway, hero Kit is due to present at a Morocco book conference anyway, so a rep of the Service suggests to him that it shouldn’t be a big deal to deliver a book to a local agent while in Marrakech. And maybe leave some money for another. And keep his eyes open for a female-on-the-run suspected to be in Morocco. And of course, Kit wants to do his part and perhaps the experience could lend some realism to his own plots.
But then there are some complications. He is befriended by some fellow travelers that he isn’t quite prepared to deal with. Like the guy he suspects is from the Agency (CIA). And before long Kit realizes he is not sure which are the good guys and which the other. Whom to trust? There are surprises, not twists. I hate twists – they are way over done, and Cumming is too subtle for that. Rather Cumming creates some excellent tension, and as Kit becomes increasingly uncomfortable, so do we. And then Kit meets the beautiful Lara…
Well, wait a minute, what is everyone chasing after? Who are the bad guys? It seems to be the Resurrection, a loosely organized violent group of international left center renegades targeting ultra-nationalists. And it appears Lara was the girlfriend of head guy Ivan, but he got blown up when trying to assemble a bomb in a Moscow apartment…..
Enough. MG is a well-paced, tense, a puzzle, with well-drawn characters, excellent prose and local color, sophisticated, and a few dead bodies. You probably have one last question, namely is this a stand-alone or the first book in a new series?
"The Moroccan Girl" serves not only as a fine read, but as continued evidence of an excellent new source of espionage related fiction, based very close to fact.
Staying clear of spoilers, if you want to understand the connection to Casablanca before reading, search "Charles Cumming Casablanca" and look at his piece written for criminal element. The way in which Cumming weaves the classic story in and out is simply a work of art.
What I believe sets Cumming's writing apart in this genre is the manner in which he allows us to get inside the head of the intelligence officer, be they young, old or simply aspiring, and understand the thought processes which they are undertaking. While it is quite possible to write a spy novel without doing this, for the reader less grounded in matters of intelligence training, it is often not until one looks back on a story that one fully understands what actually happened and then even less so, why?.
So Cumming allows us to be present with the intelligence operative as they mull over the choices before them, helping us to live the role vicariously, consider what we might do, in the moment, as the action develops.
Providing this "service" is a true gift from an author and I suspect greatly increases the readability and accessibility of the work. What to me is so compelling about Cumming's writing however, is that he manages to achieve this while never letting the pace of the story suffer.
As a result, we stand shoulder to shoulder with these lead characters even as we turn the pages furiously to follow the plot.
I saw that one reviewer claimed to have read "The Moroccan Girl" in "One Breathless sitting" - I didn't quite achieve that, but I have to say that it was only the absolute necessities of life that interrupted my progress on this novel.
And now we wait, for the next.