In Charles ******'s second deviously constructed spy novel, Alec Milius works in a bank in Madrid, his former career as an agent for M16 tarnished by a scandalous operation run in opposition to the CIA. Milius is a delightful wreck of a character, a drunk and adulterer with a lingering paranoid terror that the espionage life has not truly left him behind. His fears become founded when, on a business trip to the Basque country, he becomes involved with a former member of the Basque liberation army. The plotting is impeccable and the research is meticulous, but the true joy of ******'s work is his vivid, irascible, and edgy characters who scrabble desperately for footing in their shadow world.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Subgenre: General, Types of Characters, Politics, Action + Thrillers, Human Qualities + Behavior, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Mystery + Crime