"[Downing] is a master at bringing the past to life."
—The Wall Street Journal
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ONE MAN'S FLAG
Spring 1915: World War One rages across Europe, and the British Empire is assailed on all fronts—domestic and abroad. Amidst this bloodbath of nations, where one man’s flag is another man’s shroud, a British spy is asked to do the impossible: seduce and betray the woman he loves, again. Only this time betrayal is a two-way street.
"Engrossing . . . Comparisons to W. Somerset Maugham’s classic stories about Ashenden, another gentleman spy, are well deserved."
—Adam Woog, The Seattle Times
"Downing reaffirms his place as one of the finest espionage writers with this engaging historical thriller."
—Bruce Tierney, BookPage, Top Pick in Mystery
JACK OF SPIES
Set on the eve of the First World War, across oceans and continents, steamliners and cross-country trains, David Downing’s complex and thrilling new espionage novel takes us all the way back to the dawn of that most fascinating of 20th century characters—the spy.
"[Downing] is a master at bringing the past to life through the careful and often loving observation of even minor players and through the artful deployment of specific detail. In addition, Jack McColl's debut has a zest, an exoticism and a joie de vivre well-suited to an era when best sellers were being written by Zane Grey, suffragettes were demanding the vote, and opium parlors were a readily accessible temptation."
—Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
The Second Jack McColl Novel