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The Trinity Six

By Charles Cumming

The Trinity Six
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  • Hardcover: Mar 2011,
    368 pages.
    Paperback: Mar 2012,
    368 pages.

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The closely-guarded secret of the Cold War is about to be exposed - the identity of a sixth member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring. And people are killing for it...

Non-British readers are probably less familiar with the main subject of Charles Cumming's spy thriller than those in his home country. Cumming, a notable author of five spy novels to date, grounds his narrative in the legacy of the Cambridge Five, a 1950s spy ring. Cumming's story fuses the traditional conventions of the spy novel with a twenty-first century setting, coupling a quick read with an interesting part of British and Russian history. The result proves that the spy novel, a genre that some might think to be stuck in the Cold War era, is far from dead.

The Trinity Six revolves around the main character of Sam Gaddis, a seasoned academic, recently divorced, who spends his time drinking with various London journalists and scholars (drinking seems to be a favorite pastime for all of the novel's characters, though only one is admittedly an alcoholic). Gaddis ...

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