body of a murdered, tortured Russian has been found in Moscow, which
isn’t unusual in the crime-ridden city. What is different is that this
corpse is on the lawn of the British embassy.
prevent an international incident, London dispatches veteran MI5 agent
Charlie Muffin to investigate. Charlie is an old hand who recognizes
that little has changed in the post—Soviet Union, most definitely not
the espionage enmity between Russia, Britain, and America. The search
for the identity of the murdered man enmeshes Charlie in what might be
the biggest attempted espionage coup of his career.
Being in Moscow has very personal implications for Charlie, too. It
provides the opportunity for a re-union with his Russian wife, Natalia,
and their young daughter, whom he had to abandon because of a hurried
recall to the UK five years earlier. It's also the chance to persuade
the reluctant Natalia, an officer in Russia’s FSB intelligence service,
to return with him to London.
Brian Freemantle has
been hailed as a master of the spy novel. His books have sold millions
of copies throughout the world, and now he returns with
Red Star Rising, set in a modern-day Russia where the only thing that has changed about the KGB is its name.
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