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Freddie Makin is a spy for hire. For a year he’s been watching Jiang Cheng, an academic whose life seems suspiciously normal. To Freddie it’s just a job: he never asks who’s paying him and why—until the day someone is sent to kill him, and suddenly the watcher becomes the watched.
On the run from whoever wants him dead, Freddie knows he must have seen something incriminating. The only trouble is, he has no idea what. Is the CIA behind all this—or does it go higher than that? Have his trackers uncovered his own murky past?
As he’s forced into a lethal dance across Vienna, Freddie knows one thing for sure: his only hope for survival is keeping the truth from the other side, and making sure the secrets from his past stay hidden.
To Die in Vienna is a tense and atmospheric spy thriller with some brilliantly drawn characters and a slow build tension that really digs deep.
I’ve come to expect intriguing and multi-layered characters from this author, they always have a strong sense of self and a tendency to make you want to follow them and Freddie is no different. Someone wants him dead, the story follows him as he tries to avoid such a fate and discover why..
There is a strong sense of place here, Vienna coming alive in your mind as you read, the plotting is taut and utterly riveting from the very first page. I loved the eclectic and beautifully drawn cast and the story itself is a tension fuelled joy to read.
I’m a fan. Kevin Wignall’s novels are quietly considered when it comes to the vagaries of human nature and there are always thought provoking elements to both character and event. The writing is really quite beautiful, atmospheric and authentic and I have yet to read a book by him that doesn’t stick with me.
To Die In Vienna was great. I loved it. That’s ALL I ask for in any book.
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