Kidnapped in Venice by a Russian defector, Kate knows she’s in trouble. But all is not as it seems. The spy offers her conclusive evidence that the British Prime Minister is a live agent working for Moscow. Kate’s holiday quickly becomes the start of her next mission.
With proof of the PM involved in a sordid scandal and a financial paper trail that undeniably links him to the Russians, the evidence seems bulletproof. But the motives of the defector are anything but clear. And, more worryingly, it seems that there are key people at the heart of the British Establishment who refuse to acknowledge the reality in front of them.
Kate can trust no one, and this mission will push her dangerously close to the edge… but is that the price to pay for the truth?
I love Tom Bradby and I think he is an excellent writer, though I have to admit that spy stories are not my favourite genre. Every time I read about Russia I keep thinking Killing Eve and I am waiting for someone to be assassinated in a ridiculously theatrical style, while dressed as a clown. But this is serious. I read the first book Secret Service and enjoyed the relationship between our main protagonist Kate, her husband Stuart, his affair with Imogen who wants to be the next PM and Julie who is sleeping with the odious Ian who wants to be the head of MI6. This is a book about spies, politics, affairs and unbridled ambition. Double Agent continues where Secret Service left off.
When we start Stuart has been exiled to Russia, having been discovered to be the Russian agent Viper. Kate’s children Gus and Fiona are deeply upset and blame Kate. Kate is kidnapped and given a deal that they (more Russians) will give her a video that will destroy the career of the current PM in exchange for safe passage to the UK.
I read this with The Pigeonhole and it wasn’t helped by having one stave every two days, plus reading two other books which came out every day. I occasionally lost the plot (in more ways that one) but I still thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to Book 3. Please make this into a TV series. I think it will work even better than the book. Especially if Keeley Hawes is Kate.
Many thanks to the Pigeonhole and to my fellow Pigeons for making this such an enjoyable read.