This riveting spy thriller about an American merchant banker drawn into a world of espionage where no one can be trusted is one not to be missed.
As the story gets underway, Jack Devlin narrowly escapes Tehran during the 1979 hostage situation in Iran, losing almost all of his business, and more importantly, leaving the love of his life, Farideh, behind. He is subsequently approached by an old, trusted friend who offers him a devil’s bargain: become an expendable spy, one the agency will deny; help the CIA and British MI6 obtain the ledger of Farideh’s father, arms merchant Mustafa Khaki; and they will get Farideh out of Iran for him.
Devlin is sent on a wild roller coaster ride through the treachery and mayhem of the Middle East, into a circle of agents, double agents, defectors, and collaborators, where he discovers that the warning of the British MI6 Chief who trains him.
David Paul Collins’s timely historical spy novel An Improbable Spy has all the elements of a classic Cold War-era tale, as the CIA goes against the KGB, but with a Middle Eastern twist.The story begins with a chill on the streets of Moscow in 1980. KGB agent Vladimir Sudakov, who has information about Soviet machinations involving the American hostages in Iran, is about to betray his country on a metro platform, beneath the gaze of a mosaic of Lenin. In London, Jack Devlin, the owner of a struggling merchant banking business in Kuwait, is approached with a business proposition: his old friend Hugh, who’s now a CIA agent, will help Devlin sneak his love interest and her sister out of Tehran in exchange for an arms trafficker’s ledger.