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Paris Spring

James Naughtie

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1598-1
Trim Size: 5 3/8" x 8"
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Will Flemyng’s world is turned upside down in James Naughtie’s “superior” and “intelligent” (Seattle Times) prequel to The Madness of July.

James Naughtie established himself a “capable and elegant writer” (The Wall Street Journal) with his gripping and highly praised debut, The Madness of July. He sets his new, “brilliant spy thriller” (The Guardian) in the feverish atmosphere of Paris, in April of 1968. The cafes are alive with talk of revo­lution, but for Scottish-American Will Flemyng―a spy working in the British Embassy―the crisis is personal. A few words from a stranger on the metro change his life. His family is threatened with ruin and he now faces the spy’s oldest fear: exposure.

Freddy Craven is the hero and mentor Flemyng would trust with his life, but when he is tempted into a dark, Cold War labyrinth, he chooses the dangerous path and plays his game alone. And when glamorous, globe-trotting journalist Grace Quincy, in pursuit of a big story, is found dead in the Pere Lachaise cemetery, the question is raised― what side was she on? Certainly she knew too much, and had become dangerous. But to whom? The bizarre murder reveals a web of secrets, and Fleming’s loyalty to family and friends is tested as never before.

As the streets of Paris become a smoke filled battleground, Flemyng, like his friends and enemies, discovers that where secrets are at stake, lives are too. Once again James Naughtie spins an irresistible, intelligent, and page-turning thriller.

“The Paris Spring of James Naughtie’s spy thriller is a season of political ferment . . . Mr. Naughtie conveys with élan the perils and thrills of ‘the great game.’”
Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal - Best New Mysteries

“It’s fascinating to walk Naughtie’s vividly conjured revolutionary streets, which crawl with diplomats and foreign spies and international reporters. The year 1968 marks the frigid middle of the Cold War . . . beautifully evoked.”
The New York Times Book Review

James Naughtie is special correspondent for the BBC and one of Britain’s best-known journalists, a broadcaster who has also worked for newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic, from The Guardian to The Washington Post. He was an anchor of the BBC Today program for 21 years, and is the author of the cold war thrillers The Madness of July and Paris Spring.

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