On Sale: May 13, 2014
Featuring: Jack McColl
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Set on the eve of the First World War, across oceans and
continents, steamliners and cross-country trains, David
Downing’s complex and thrilling new espionage novel takes us
all the way back to the dawn of that most fascinating of
20th century characters—the spy.
It is 1913, and those who follow the news closely can see
the world is teetering on the brink of war. Jack McColl, a
Scottish car salesman with an uncanny ear for languages, has
always hoped to make a job for himself as a spy. As his
sales calls take him from city to great city—Hong Kong to
Shanghai to San Francisco to New York—he moonlights
collecting intelligence for His Majesty's Navy, but British
espionage is in its infancy and Jack has nothing but a
shoestring budget and the very tenuous protection of a boss
in far-away London. He knows, though, that a geopolitical
catastrophe is brewing, and now is both the moment to prove
himself and the moment his country needs him most.
Unfortunately, this is also the moment he begins to realize
what his aspiration might cost him. He understands his life
is at stake when activities in China suddenly escalate from
innocent data-gathering and casual strolls along German
military concessions to arrest warrants and knife attacks.
Meanwhile, a sharp, vivacious American suffragette
journalist has wiled her way deep into his affections, and
it is not long before he realizes that her Irish-American
family might be embroiled in the Irish Republican movement
Jack's bosses are fighting against. How can he choose
between his country and the woman he loves? And would he
even be able to make such a choice without losing both?
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