Jack of spies / David Downing.
By: Downing, David.Material type: BookSeries: Jack McColl ; 1.Publisher: New York, New York : SOHO Crime, Copyright date: ©2014Description: 303, 13 pages ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1616958863; 9781616958862.Subject(s): Sales personnel -- Fiction | Secret service -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction | Espionage -- Fiction | Man-woman relationships -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction. | Spy fiction. | Action and adventure fiction.DDC classification: 823.914 Summary: "Secretly working as a spy, Scottish car salesman Jack McColl seeks to prove himself on the eve of World War I only to encounter adversaries and a suffragette journalist whose family is embroiled in a movement Jack's bosses are fighting."-- Provided by publisher.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
Set on the eve of the First World War, across oceans and continents, steamliners and cross-country trains, David Downing's complex and thrilling new espionage novel takes us all the way back to the dawn of that most fascinating of 20th century characters--the spy.
It is 1913, and those who follow the news closely can see the world is teetering on the brink of war. Jack McColl, a Scottish car salesman with an uncanny ear for languages, has always hoped to make a job for himself as a spy. As his sales calls take him from city to great city--Hong Kong to Shanghai to San Francisco to New York--he moonlights collecting intelligence for His Majesty's Secret Service, but British espionage is in its infancy and Jack has nothing but a shoestring budget and the very tenuous protection of a boss in far-away London. He knows, though, that a geopolitical catastrophe is brewing, and now is both the moment to prove himself and the moment his country needs him most.
Unfortunately, this is also the moment he begins to realize what his aspiration might cost him. He understands his life is at stake when activities in China suddenly escalate from innocent data-gathering and casual strolls along German military concessions to arrest warrants and knife attacks. Meanwhile, a sharp, vivacious American suffragette journalist has wiled her way deep into his affections, and it is not long before he realizes that her Irish-American family might be embroiled in the Irish Republican movement Jack's bosses are fighting against. How can he choose between his country and the woman he loves? And would he even be able to make such a choice without losing both?
Includes excerpt: One man's flag (13 pages).
"Secretly working as a spy, Scottish car salesman Jack McColl seeks to prove himself on the eve of World War I only to encounter adversaries and a suffragette journalist whose family is embroiled in a movement Jack's bosses are fighting."-- Provided by publisher.