Review: Judas 62 by Charles Cumming

In “Judas 62,” Charles Cumming masterfully evocates the risk, tension and precariousness of a spy’s life.

The tale is split between 1993 and the present day, with Lachlan Kite of Box 88 in the starring role of both. Box 88 is a covert transatlantic spy agency, invisible even to the world’s prominent espionage organisations. Kite has been an operative since his youth, and in ’93, still a student, he is dispatched to Russia to manage the extraction of a chemical weapons specialist eager to defect.

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