Cairo 1973. British intelligence agent Lucy Vickers is on the run, her cover blown. Her colleague Mark Bellamy has just dumped a dead policeman and a Mercedes in the Nile. Can the former lovers salvage the secret mission that has brought them together on the eve of war with Israel? Or are they throwaway players in a game of Cold War politics?
As Lucy and Mark are reeled into a net of treachery, there is only one person to turn to: The enigmatic Egyptian-Armenian private eye Pierre Farag, who seems to be a step ahead of their every move.
Cairo Mon Amour is a gripping Cold War thriller and a poignant love story, woven around the first days of the Yom Kippur War.
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About the Author
Stuart Campbell is a former university Pro-Vice Chancellor and Professor of Linguistics. Nowadays he writes quirky novels about love, betrayal and redemption. Stuart was born in London but has lived in Sydney for many years.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Countdown to a War 11
Chapter 1 A Time to be born, a Time to Die 13
Chapter 2 The People Advance like the Light 25
Chapter 3 School for Spies 44
Chapter 4 Does that Cockroach have Clearance? 59
Chapter 5 City of the Dead 74
Chapter 6 Turquoise 92
Chapter 7 Vous cherchez quelqu'un d'autre 111
Chapter 8 An Old Rolex 124
Chapter 9 Genocide Remembered 140
Chapter 10 A Candy-Striped Hat Box 157
Part 2 Dead Souls 173
Chapter 11 Men who'd Seen it All 175
Chapter 12 Comrade Boss 190
Chapter 13 Israeli Spy! 209
Part 3 Siranoush 229
Chapter 14 Solaris 231
Chapter 15 Allons-y Alonso 246
Chapter 16 Pluck up what is planted 273
Chapter 17 This Love Business 287
Chapter 18 The Cynthia 298
Part 4 Exile 313
Chapter 19 For the New Year 315
Chapter 20 A City of Little Cards 327
The Background to Cairo Mon Amour 343
Note on Arabic terms 355