The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming. St. Martin's Press, 2011. (To be published March 15)
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The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming is a novel of espionage and intrigue. After the death of his friend Charlotte, Professor Sam Gaddis becomes embroiled in the search for the sixth Cambridge spy. The novel is based on the real-life Ring of Five, a group of British men who went to Cambridge University and were recruited as Soviet spies. They became known as the Magnificent Five. Suspicions regarding a sixth man are long-standing, and many have searched for him.
Gaddis’ search for the sixth man leads him to a Brit named Thomas Neame and then Russia, Germany, and Austria. British intelligence is onto him though and a female agent, Tanya Acocella, is assigned to get close to him and undermine his search. Tanya ends up being crucial to Gaddis’ survival.
I was fully engrossed in Gaddis’ journey and whether or not the story of Edward Crane, the supposed sixth man, would ever come out. I was on the edge of my seat wondering whether Sam Gaddis’ search would merely be stymied or if he would lose his life in the quest. Cumming constructed an excellent story with completely plausible twists and turns. If you are a fan of spy novels and suspense, I would definitely recommend The Trinity Six.
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