Box 88

Charles Cumming, 1971-

Book - 2022

"Lachlan Kite is a member of BOX 88, an elite transatlantic black ops outfit so covert that not even MI6 and the CIA are certain of its existence--but even the best spy can't anticipate every potential threat in a world where dangerous actors lurk around every corner. At the funeral of his childhood best friend, Lachlan falls into a trap that drops him into the hands of a potentially deadly interrogation, with his pregnant wife, also abducted, being held as collateral for the informati...on he's sworn on his own life to protect. Thirty years earlier Lachlan, then just out of the upper class boarding school where he was reared, was BOX 88's newest recruit. In the haze of a gap year summer, in which the study of spycraft was intertwined with a journey of self-discovery, he cut his teeth on a special assignment on the coast of France, where a friendship allowed him special access to one of Iran's most dangerous men. Today, Lachlan's nostalgia for the trip is corrupted by recollection of the deceit that accompanied it but, in order to save his family, he'll be forced to revisit those painful memories one last time." -- Amazon.

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Series
Cumming, Charles, 1971- Box 88 ; 1.
Subjects
Genres
Suspense fiction
Spy fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Novels
Published
New York, NY : The Mysterious Press 2022.
Edition
First Mysterious Press edition
Language
English
Item Description
"A novel" -- Cover.
Physical Description
489 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
1613162731
9781613162736
Main Author
Charles Cumming, 1971- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Barely 50 pages into the first volume of what could become the next great espionage series, we know this about Lachlan Kite: he's a top guy with the supersecret Box 88—a black-ops unit so far under the radar that neither the CIA nor MI6 is certain it exists; he's in London, taking the morning off to attend the funeral of his childhood bestie, Xavier Bonnard, who killed himself in Paris; and, as he leaves the funeral, he's kidnapped by an Iranian terrorist. We learn more, of course, but slowly and excruciatingly, as Cumming smoothly segues between Kite's captivity and his backstory, revealing that the Iranian's motives reach back to Kite's first assignment for Box 88. A recent boarding-school graduate, Kite was vacationing in France with Xavier when he was recruited by one of his professors as a kind of intern spy. What happened during that summer-idyll-turned-tragedy has been haunting Kite for 30 years, and now, as his captors threaten violence against his pregnant wife if he doesn't talk, Kite must finally confront the past and the betrayal at its core. It's no easy trick to write a compelling thriller when your hero is strapped to a chair for most of the book, but Cumming does just that, threading coming-of-age themes into a complex espionage plot (evoking Olen Steinhauer's Tourist series) that suggests there will be much more to discover within the recesses of Box 88. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Lachlan Kite, the hero of this excellent spy thriller from bestseller Cumming (The Moroccan Girl), is a career man at Box 88, a joint British-U.S. black ops outfit so secretive that not even the CIA and MI5 are sure it exists. While attending a funeral outside London for an old prep school friend who died by suicide, Kite lets down his guard and is kidnapped by an Iranian team that wants information on a case he was involved in 30 years earlier. His pregnant wife is also abducted as part of the plot to pressure Kite into revealing his secrets. Flashbacks to 1989 show Kite as a green operative prone to professional insecurity, missteps, and major flubs. In the present, Kite's decades of experience as a spy provide him with the skills to turn the tables on his kidnappers during his interrogation. Between the two time frames, a thorough portrait of Kite emerges. Well-timed action scenes match focused glimpses into the world of spycraft. This outing cements Cumming's place in the top rank of espionage writers. Agent: Luke Janklow, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc. (Jan.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Lachlan Kite, a member of a top-secret transatlantic black ops team, must reckon with the legacy of his first espionage mission thirty years earlier when his pregnant wife is abducted and held as collateral for information he is sworn to protect.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

At the funeral of his best friend, a member of a top-secret transatlantic black ops team falls into a trap and is helpless while his pregnant wife is abducted and held as collateral for information he is sworn to protect.

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Review by Publisher Summary 4

Lachlan Kite is a member of BOX 88, an elite transatlantic black ops outfit so covert that not even MI6 and the CIA are certain of its existence — but even the best spy can’t anticipate every potential threat in a world where dangerous actors lurk around every corner. At the funeral of his childhood best friend, Lachlan falls into a trap that drops him into the hands of a potentially deadly interrogation, with his pregnant wife, also abducted, being held as collateral for the information he’s sworn on his own life to protect.Thirty years earlier Lachlan, then just out of the upper class boarding school where he was reared, was BOX 88’s newest recruit. In the haze of a gap year summer, in which the study of spycraft was intertwined with a journey of self-discovery, he cut his teeth on a special assignment on the coast of France, where a friendship allowed him special access to one of Iran’s most dangerous men. Today, Lachlan’s nostalgia for the trip is corrupted by recollection of the deceit that accompanied it but, in order to save his family, he’ll be forced to revisit those painful memories one last time.BOX 88Spectator