The Trinity Six

The Trinity Six

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A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011

The most closely-guarded secret of the Cold War is about to be exposed - the identity of a SIXTH member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring. And people are killing for it...

London, 1992. Late one night, Edward Crane, 76, is declared dead at a London hospital. An obituary describes him only as a 'resourceful career diplomat'. But Crane was much more than that - and the circumstances surrounding his death are far from what they seem.

Fifteen years later, academic Sam Gaddis needs money. When a journalist friend asks for his help researching a possible sixth member of the notorious Trinity spy ring, Gaddis knows that she's onto a story that could turn his fortunes around. But within hours the journalist is dead, apparently from a heart attack.

Taking over her investigation, Gaddis trails a man who claims to know the truth about Edward Crane. Europe still echoes with decades of deadly disinformation on both sides of the Iron Curtain. And as Gaddis follows a series of leads across the continent, he approaches a shocking revelation - one which will rock the foundations of politics from London to Moscow...

"Cumming's novel is characterized by a gripping sense of realism. He displays a vast knowledge of spycraft and Cold War history, and the dense, three-dimensional world he crafts comes complete with seedy hotels and smoky nightclubs. The result is absolutely gripping. Taut, atmospheric and immersive--an instant classic." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Trinity Six

The Trinity Six is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Thrillers title.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9780312675295
Branch Call Number: FIC Cummi 3558ad 1
Characteristics: viii, 356 p


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Apr 19, 2018

An interesting take on the famous Russian spies in Britain in the 50's and 60's - Burgess, Blunt, Philby etc. Here there is suspicion that there was a sixth unknown spy. An academic attempts to find evidence but is hindered at every effort and soon his life is in peril.
An enjoyable read, good tension and historical references and a believable protagonist who bumbles and stumbles his way to an answer - was there a sixth Russian spy.

Jul 26, 2014

An above-average spy thriller, this book tells the story of the "Sixth Man". The historian on his track is very written character - just the right amount of disorganization and intelligence.

gracindaisy Apr 11, 2013

Classic Cold War spycraft; suspenseful & gripping. From the Washington Post’s best books of 2012 – good call!

Apr 02, 2012

Some of the best espionage/spy thriller reading in the library. So realistic, at times you think you're a fly on the wall. Historical fiction at it's best.

Oct 04, 2011

One of those books that you hate to put down and can't wait to pick up again. The London locales throughout also added to the imagery.

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