The Moroccan Girl

The Moroccan Girl

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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“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.
Publisher: [S.l.]: St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2019.
ISBN: 9781250129970
Characteristics: 368 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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megaculpa
Jan 21, 2020

Fans of the Thomas Kell series of spy novels will likely be disappointed with Cumming's latest outing. The protagonist, a writer of espionage thrillers who gets caught up in a real-life intrigue, is maddeningly gullible in the face of a rogue's gallery of creepy characters. And then, there's the politics. A violent antifa group is presented sympathetically, while Fox News represents the alt-right. Really, Mr. Cumming?

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chipsahoy
Aug 25, 2019

I abandoned the hero in a bar, only partway into the book (he hadn't even met the Moroccan Girl). But in those few pages, it was at least the fourth time I'd muttered to the man that he was an idiot.
Back to the library it went; I wasn't even interested enough to skip to the last chapter.
Don't squander your precious summer reading time on it.

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tjdickey
Apr 17, 2019

Charles Cumming brings a fresh energy to the spy thriller genre. This stand-alone volume stars a quiet novelist (alter ego?) dragged into a world of international espionage; the style, as the protagonist describes his own writing, is a middle path between the over-action of Ludlum and the more intricate pacing of Le Carre. The story proceeds with forthright homage to Casablanca, the Man Who Knew Too Much, and Frederick Forysth's memoir, but all are updated: this is Hitchcock in the age of GPS and AirBNB, the age of WhatsApp and satellite surveillance.

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