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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher St Martins Pr
Publication date July 10, 2007
Pages 320
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780312366353
ISBN-10 0312366353
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.75 by 9.75 in.
Weight 1.30 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $24.95
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Young, smart, and ambitious, Alec Milius is delighted when a chance encounter brings him to the attention of MI6 and into a dream career with a British oil company, a job that leads him into the dark world of industrial espionage, trapped in a life of deception as he becomes caught between MI6 and the CIA and discovers that information can come at the cost of a human life. A first novel 50,000 first printing.
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Alec Milius is young, smart, and ambitious.  He also has a talent for deception.  He is working in a dead-end job when a chance encounter leads him to MI6, the elite British Secret Intelligence Service, handing him an opportunity to play center-stage in a dangerous game of espionage.

In his new line of work, Alec finds that the difference between the truth and a lie can mean the difference between life and death--and he is having trouble telling them apart.  Isolated and exposed, he must play a role in which the slightest glance or casual remark can seem heavy with unintended menace.  Caught between British and American Intelligence, Alec finds himself threatened and alone, unable to confide in even his closest friend.  His life as a spy begins to exact a terrible price, both on himself and on those around him.

Richly atmospheric and chillingly plausible, A Spy By Nature announces the arrival of British author Charles Cumming as heir apparent to masters like John le Carré and Len Deighton.  A bestseller in England, it's the gripping story of a young man driven by ruthless ambition who finds himself chasing not just success, but survival.


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Hardcover
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from St Martins Pr (July 10, 2007)
9780312366353 | details & prices | 320 pages | 6.75 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Young, smart, and ambitious, Alec Milius is delighted when a chance encounter brings him to the attention of MI6 and into a dream career with a British oil company, a job that leads him into the dark world of industrial espionage, trapped in a life of deception as he becomes caught between MI6 and the CIA and discovers that information can come at the cost of a human life.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780140294767 Book cover for 9780312366360
 
Reprint edition from Griffin (November 11, 2008)
9780312366360 | details & prices | 355 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $15.99
About: "Tautly written, cleverly plotted.
New edition from Gardners Books (May 30, 2002)
9780140294767 | details & prices | 528 pages | 4.50 × 7.00 × 1.50 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $13.15
This edition also contains A Spy by Nature, A Spy by Nature
About: Alec Milius is young, smart, ambitious and comfortable with deceit.
Miscellaneous
1 edition from St Martins Pr (July 10, 2007)
9781429917124 | details & prices | 368 pages | List price $9.99
This edition also contains A Spy by Nature, A Spy by Nature

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