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Accidental Agent Reviews

Accidental Agent by Alan Judd

Accidental Agent

Alan Judd

4.00 out of 5

3 reviews

Category: Thrillers, Fiction
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date: 21 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9781471150678

From the author of Legacy, now a major BBC Film, and The Kaiser's Last Kiss comes a brilliant new novel for fans of John le Carre, Mick Herron and Charles Cumming. Brexit looms and Charles Thoroughgood, Chief of MI6, is forbidden for political reasons from spying on the EU. But when an EU official volunteers the EU's negotiating bottom lines to one of his officers, Charles has to report it. Whitehall is eager for more but as the case develops Charles realises that it may not be quite what it appears.

4 stars out of 5
Geoffrey Wansell
22 Mar 2019

"A beautifully observed, vivid picture of modern spying. "

Charles knows his masters in the Foreign Office will be anxious to get their hands on what may represent the EU’s bottom line. 

At the same moment, he discovers that he may have a family connection to a suspected terrorist on the loose in Britain, whom MI5 are keen to investigate.

A beautifully observed, vivid picture of modern spying. 


4 stars out of 5
21 Mar 2019

"Brexit can be surprisingly thrilling"

The long gestation period of Brexit has allowed authors to plan and write and publish novels in time for the big day. Alan Judd’s Accidental Agent (Simon & Schuster, £12.99) is a spy thriller set during the EU negotiations. Charles Thoroughgood is the head of MI6. The secret service is forbidden from spying on the EU, but when an EU official volunteers information about the negotiations, it seems too good an opportunity to miss. The trouble is, the mole — known only by the code name Timber Wolf — might not actually be real.... On every side the shifting sands of identity both entice and threaten. The novel very cleverly manages to exist within the Brexit process: whatever happens on that score, this story will still work, and still have human relevance.

4 stars out of 5
17 Mar 2019

"Defiantly old-fashioned yet illuminating"

Alan Judd’s recurring hero Charles Thoroughgood made his debut in an 1980s novel. Now the head of MI6 and soon to retire, he has two problems to solve in Accidental Agent: his likely successor seems to be making up a Brussels contact’s supposed revelations about the EU’s Brexit negotiating tactics; and Charles’s wife’s Muslim godson is suspected by MI5 of having terrorist links. Defiantly old-fashioned yet illuminating, this gentlemanly entertainment should have been published at a much earlier stage of the Brexit talks to exploit its topicality.