Janklow & Nesbit UK

A Foreign Country

published by HarperCollins (2012)

What would happen if Britain's top spy went missing?

Six weeks before she is due to take up her position as the first female head of MI6, Amelia Levene vanishes without a trace.

Her disappearance is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced for more than a decade. There has been no ransom demand, no word from foreign intelligence services, no hint of a defection.

Should news of Levene's disappearance leak out, the consequences would be catastrophic. But for disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell, the crisis offers a chance of redemption. His close relationship with Levene makes him the perfect man to track her down. He is quietly approached by his former employers and ordered to find her.

Kell's investigation takes him first to France, then North Africa, where he discovers an extraordinary secret buried deep in Levene's past. It is a secret that could fatally compromise Britain's national security and cost Kell his life.

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