The Moroccan girl

Charles Cumming, 1971-

Book - 2019

Renowned author Kit Carradine is approached by an MI6 officer with a seemingly straightforward assignment: to attend a literary festival in Morocco and track down a mysterious woman hiding somewhere in the exotic, perilous city of Marrakesh. But when Carradine learns the woman is a dangerous fugitive with ties to international terrorism, the glamour of being a spy is soon tainted by fear and betrayal. Lara Bartok is a leading figure in Resurrection, a violent revolutionary movement whose brutal ...attacks on prominent right-wing public figures have spread hatred and violence across the world. Her disappearance ignites a race between warring intelligence services desperate to find her-at any cost. But as Carradine edges closer to the truth, he finds himself drawn to this brilliant, beautiful, and profoundly complex woman.--

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Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Spy ficiton
Suspense fiction
Published
New York : St. Martin's Press 2019.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Published in the UK as The Man Between.
Physical Description
358 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250129956
1250129958
Main Author
Charles Cumming, 1971- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* The inadvertent spy—an amateur cajoled by professionals, taking advantage of circumstance, into playing a part in a covert operation—has long been a popular trope in espionage fiction. Helen MacInnes, John le Carré, and many others have used the gambit to good advantage, and, similarly, there are numerous spy authors who have drawn on their own clandestine service to fuel their fiction: notably, Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene, Ian Fleming, and, of course, le Carré himself. Cumming uses both phenomena effectively in this stand-alone thriller (there are hints of a series to come) about British spy novelist Kit Carradine, drafted by MI6 to make contact with a fugitive terrorist at a writers' conference in Casablanca. It seems simple enough—connect with the woman, Lara Bartok, who appears ready to come in from the cold after her years with a terrorist group called Resurrection, which started with humanitarian protests and quickly turned violent. Dreaming of a more active life, Kit is game but quickly discovers he is out of his depth. Keeping track of the players, who's on whose side, for example, is difficult enough, especially when some of the shady characters he encounters turn up dead. And then there's Lara, with whom Kit inevitably falls in love and whose backstory is far more complex than he was led to believe. The best part of inadvertent spy novels is watching the newbies forced to think on their feet, making up tradecraft as they go, and Kit does it very well, indeed. Another winner from the superbly talented Cumming. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

At the start of this uneven spy novel from bestseller Cumming (The Trinity Six), thriller writer Kit Carradine is accosted on a London street by Robert Mantis, who claims to be a big fan of his books. Mantis, whose card identifies him as a British government "operational control center specialist," persuades Carradine to do some spying for the U.K. in Morocco, where he's to attend a literary event. His tasks: carry some cash to one of Mantis's associates and keep an eye out for a "remarkable young woman, cunning and unpredictable." In Morocco, Carradine succeeds in identifying the girl of the title: Lara Bartok, the former girlfriend of Ivan Simakov, the leader of a revolutionary group that's been kidnapping right-wing journalists. The Russian government wants to stop Simakov; the American government may also be involved. Cumming is a terrific stylist with a great sense of place, but the convoluted plot becomes tiresome. Readers will struggle to care about Carradine, a romantic dreaming of glory, who's more sad sack than hero. Agent: Luke Janklow, Janklow & Nesbit. (Feb.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A simple assignment for MI6 during a literary festival lands successful novelist Kit Carradine on the trail of Lara Bartok, a dangerous fugitive and revolutionary leader who is being targeted by the world's competing intelligence services.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A simple assignment for MI6 during a literary festival lands a successful novelist on the trail of a revolutionary leader who is being targeted by the world's competing intelligence services. By the best-selling author of The Trinity Six.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“Charles Cumming has breathed new life into the spy novel.” —Ben Macintyre, bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends Published in the UK as The Man Between In this gripping contemporary thriller, reminiscent of the classic Casablanca, a successful spy novelist is drawn into a real-life espionage plot when he’s ordered to find a mysterious fugitive on the alluring but deadly streets of Morocco.Renowned author Kit Carradine is approached by an MI6 officer with a seemingly straightforward assignment: to track down a mysterious woman hiding somewhere in the exotic, perilous city of Marrakesh. But when Carradine learns the woman is a dangerous fugitive with ties to international terrorism, the glamour of being a spy is soon tainted by fear and betrayal.Lara Bartok is a leading figure in Resurrection, a violent revolutionary movement whose brutal attacks on prominent right-wing public figures have spread hatred and violence across the world. Her disappearance ignites a race between warring intelligence services desperate to find her—at any cost. But as Carradine edges closer to the truth, he finds himself drawn to this brilliant, beautiful, and profoundly complex woman.Caught between increasingly dangerous forces who want Bartok dead, Carradine soon faces an awful choice: to abandon Lara to her fate, or to risk everything trying to save her.