Cull & Co. author Peter Humphrey hit the front pages over the festive period in an extraordinary story.
A six-year-old schoolgirl from London found a desperate plea from inmates at Chinese Qingpu prison, Shanghai, inside a Tesco charity Christmas card.
Tesco suspended the Chinese supplier of the Christmas cards last Sunday and said it had launched an investigation.
Peter and his wife Ying are currently working on a memoir about their own experiences inside the same prison, after being arrested by the Chinese government while working as corporate fraud investigators on charges that were never heard in court.
In this compelling investigation, author Michael Smith explores the critical moment in a spy’s life: that split-second decision to embrace a double life; to cheat and hide and hurt; to risk disgrace – even death – without any guarantee of being rewarded or even recognised. Each chapter centres on a number of different spies, following the path they took that led, finally, to the point of no return.
Were they propelled by personal convictions? Blackmailed and left without a choice? Too desperate for money to think about the consequences?
Through in-depth insider knowledge, Michael Smith also uncovers new and unknown cases, including a spy inside ISIS, President Trump’s links with Russia and Edward Snowden’s role as a whistle-blower, to offer compelling psychological portraits of these men and women, homing unerringly on the fault-lines and shady corners of their characters, their weaknesses and their strengths, the lies they tell other people, and the lies they always end up telling themselves.
Learn about: Trump and Russia; The President’s ‘Sixteen Words’ and the Intelligence on Iraq; the Fifth Man in the Cambridge Spy Ring John Cairncross; FBI Special Agent Richard W. Miller; Indian spy Coomar Narain; Paul Fidrmuc; Mandel Goldfinger; Boris Bazhanov; Halina Szymanska and more.
Nigel West: “A fascinating study of betrayal, the foibles and compulsions that motivated so many traitors to betray their countries and compromise classified information. Definitely an essential handbook for the layman as well as the molehunter and counter-intelligence professional.”
Andy McNab: “There are very few ex-intelligence officers who know their stuff better than Michael Smith. If you’re want to know why spies put their lives in danger, this is the book for you.”
MICHAEL SMITH is a best-selling author, who spent a decade in military intelligence before becoming an award-winning journalist for the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times. Smith is the author of a number of books, including The Secrets of Station X, Killer Elite and Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews.
It is with deep sadness to hear the news that our writer and friend Dan Proops tragically passed away this week.
Dan lived to write. His dedication to his craft was immense and his debut novel A LETTER FROM SARAH was published this past March to much critical and reader acclaim. Dan had so much more to publish and looked set to enjoy a long writing career, which makes this loss even harder to accept.
Dan was sweet, sensitive and loved collaborating as well, never too precious and eager to move on to the next challenge. In his trademark leather motorcycle jacket, he was a fixture at the Groucho Club and was an immensely popular figure in the writing community.
Taken too soon, we have lost one of the good guys and I am proud to have had the opportunity to work with and know Dan. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this most difficult time.