A sexy, high-stakes thriller in which Malko Linge must choose between his sense of duty and his sense of honor.
At a benefit dinner in Monaco, Austrian playboy and CIA freelancer Malko Linge meets an intriguing woman, Zhanna Khrenkov, who has an unusual proposal. She will disclose everything she knows about her husband Alexei’s business, provided Malko kills Alexei’s beautiful, young British mistress. Appalled, he refuses, but then Zhanna reveals that her husband runs a ring of Russian sleeper spies operating in the United States. Naturally, Malko’s CIA handlers would love to have this information, but he feels uncomfortable killing anyone in cold blood—especially a beautiful woman.
Traveling from Vienna to London to Moscow and back, aided by his former CIA handler and sometime-lover Gwyneth Robertson, Malko strives to avoid the crosshairs of deadly assassins and—almost as dangerous—jealous lovers.
In The Press
“De Villiers’s books are ahead of the news and sometimes even ahead of events themselves.” —The New York Times Magazine
“Ripped from the headlines. . . . His books tell unvarnished truths that many prefer to ignore.” —The Wall Street Journal
“A deadly foray into Vladimir Putin’s zero-sum espionage game. . . . De Villiers places the story’s thrills in timely, realistic context and serves up a cloak-and-dagger London adventure involving the world’s most lethal spies.” —Booklist
About The Author
Gérard de Villiers (1929–2013) spent his five-decade career cultivating connections in the world of international intelligence, which allowed him to masterfully blend fiction with an insider’s knowledge of international affairs—and to anticipate geopolitical events before they occurred. Originally published from 1965 until his death in 2013, his bestselling SAS series of some 200 spy novels, starring Malko Linge, has long been considered France’s answer to Ian Fleming, with Malko as his James Bond.