A Colder War (Thomas Kell 2) - Reviews

Sunday Times

"For those hungering for a new John le Carré, Charles Cumming has inherited the master’s mantle. His new book, A Colder War, features sinister goings-on in spook-infested Istanbul."


"Superb espionage fiction in the grand tradition"

The Independent

"An espionage maestro... the levels of psychological insight are married to genuine narrative acument - but anyone who has read his earlier books will expect no less." 

The Spectator

"More than an excellent thriller: it is also a novel that forces us to look behind the headlines and question some of our own comfortable assumptions."

The Mail on Sunday

"Cumming succeeds in bringing familiar material to life. There's a sense that Thomas Kell is developing into a Smiley for our times."

Library Journal

"Edgily elegant … perfect for those wanting a contemporary spy thriller in the vein of Le Carré and even for those who don’t."

The Times

"The spy thriller has been on the ascendant in the past few years, breeding a bunch of talented writers. Cumming is among the very best."