In Roger Croft's explosive and mercurial espionage thriller, The Wayward Spy, he offers readers an idea of how the secret undercover spy world works-and how one might throw a wrench in it. Croft's take on things is part farce, complete irony, and unfettered action. When retiring newsman Michael Vaux returns to the neighborhood in Cairo where he grew up, he's reunited with former schoolmate Ahmed Abdul Kadri, who happens to be Syria's chief armaments buyer. With good reason, this piques the interest of the British Secret Service who orders him to tow his country's lines-and interests. Directed to pump critical intelligence from Kadri, who is presumably a bitter former official of the Syrian regime, when Vaux goes missing all bets are off. In a dynamic, masterfully crafted plot that takes readers from Geneva to Morocco, until the very end, it's nearly impossible to figure out the ruse or even, at times, what's at stake. Perhaps, when it comes down to it, there's nothing better than a willful spook.
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Roger Croft is a former journalist who wrote and edited for The Economist, The Sunday Telegraph, and The Toronto Star. He freelanced for some years in Cairo, Egypt where he also wrote editorials for The Egyptian Gazette. He currently splits his time between Toronto, Canada and Suffolk, England. Author of Swindle! and Bent Triangle, a classic tale of greed and betrayal, The Wayward Spy is his first espionage novel.
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Roger Croft's tale of espionage, The Wayward Spy, follows the life of Michael Vaux, a veteran journalist on the brink of mulling over an early retirement. Vaux intends to use his retirement package to purchase a house across the street from his childhood home. Before he can retire, however, the British Secret Intelligence Service, M16, is interested in his services. The result is a bidding war as MI6 hopes the allure of the home can be enough to entice Michael Vaux to go on one last top-secret mission. Vaux is essentially asked to trace Ahmed Kadri, a friend from Vaux's college days at Bristol University. At the heart of this espionage storyline is the brewing nuclear arms build-up that could disrupt the balance of power in the Mideast-thereby potentially escalating tension between neighboring countries. More specifically, the British Intelligence Service has learned that Syria is preparing to complete a multi-billion dollar arms deal with Russia-and Kadri is Syria's chief arms negotiator. The Wayward Spy is a back and forth story that will have the reader devouring this unfolding mystery. On one hand, it appears as though Michael Vaux is cooperating with M16 and the British to obtain important information from Kadri and Syria; however, as the story develops, the reader may not conclude with certainty, whether Vaux is helping the British or is on Kadri's side. The pace of the story picks up considerably during the Mideast Peace Conference, where Vaux is sent as Mr. Derek Westropp. This is not surprising because "if the essence of espionage is deception, then the ability to act will give the professional spy a big career advantage." Roger Croft expertly develops the plot and reveals the mystery and deception in small portions, creating an insatiable craving for the reader. Ultimately, the book involves the Syrian regime, the CIA, and the U.K.'s M16, and culminates with a roller coaster finish in Morocco. Read on to find out who is deceiving who-en route to a startling and unexpected finish. Roger Croft's The Wayward Spy is thoroughly entertaining and a must read for anyone who appreciates a thrilling mystery.