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The Madness of July

James Naughtie

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1166-2
Trim Size: 5.4 x 8


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Set in the endgame of the Cold War, The Madness of July is an instant classic: an explosive, brilliantly written spy novel, by an author who has spent his life in the halls of power.

The Madness of July is set in the late 1970s, and takes place during six sweltering days in the month that gives the book its title. Will Flemyng was trained as a spy for a life behind enemy lines, but now he is in politics—and rising to the top. But when a bizarre death starts to unravel some of the most sensitive secrets of his government, Will is drawn back into the shadows of the Cold War and begins to dance with danger once more.

Buffeted by political forces and the powerful women around him, and caught in interlocking mysteries he must disentangle—including a potentially lethal family secret—Flemyng faces his vulnerability and learns, through betrayal and tragedy, more truth about his world than he has ever known.

Masterfully weaving together espionage, political intrigue, and family drama, James Naughtie has written a spy novel for the ages, worthy of comparison to the finest work of Charles McCarry and Robert Littell.

Praise for James Naughtie:

"Naughtie is a capable and elegant writer and captures the novel's 1970s setting well . . . Filled with atmospheric set-pieces and sharp descriptions." -The Wall Street Journal

"In his fiction debut, British journalist Naughtie offers a double-twisting spy drama worthy of his countryman le Carré . . . Naughtie lays down an extraordinarily complex narrative . . . every page seems to chronicle encounters where one character or another schemes to uncover or hide evidence, all the deviousness pronounced in the right accent." -Kirkus Reviews

Educated at Aberdeen and Syracuse Universities, James Naughtie has worked for the Washington Post and The Guardian. Since 1994, he has been a radio and news presenter of the Today program, on the BBC 4 radio network. He is the author of The Accidental American: Tony Blair and the Presidency. The Madness of July is his first novel.

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