The Moroccan Girl

A novel by Charles Cumming.

Charles Cumming

Renowned author Kit Carradine is approached by an MI6 officer with a seemingly straightforward assignment: to track down a mysterious woman hiding somewhere in the exotic, perilous city of Marrakesh. But when Carradine learns the woman is a dangerous fugitive with ties to international terrorism, the glamour of being a spy is soon tainted by fear and betrayal.

Lara Bartok is a leading figure in Resurrection, a violent revolutionary movement whose brutal attacks on prominent right-wing public figures have spread hatred and violence across the world. Her disappearance ignites a race between warring intelligence services desperate to find her — at any cost. But as Carradine edges closer to the truth, he finds himself drawn to this brilliant, beautiful and profoundly complex woman.

Caught between increasingly dangerous forces who want Bartok dead, Carradine soon faces an awful choice: to abandon Lara to her fate, or to risk everything trying to save her. (From St. Martin's Press)

From the book

The apartment was on a quiet street in the Tverskoy District of Moscow, about two kilometers from the Kremlin, a five-minute walk from Lubyanka Square. From the third floor, Curtis could hear the ripple of snow tires on the wet winter streets. He told Simakov that for the first few days in the city he had thought that all the cars had punctures.

"Sounds like they're driving on bubble wrap," he said. "I keep wanting to tell them to put air on their tires."

"But you don't speak Russian," Simakov replied.

"No," said Curtis. "I guess I don't."

From The Moroccan Girl by Charles Cumming ©2019. Published by St. Martin's Press.