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Beyond the Funeral
As the red rose drifted away in the sea with the ashes, it was not the end of the story. It was the start of a new spy thriller – “Beyond the Funeral” – a fast-moving story in which even the Russian secret service is fallible as they are outsmarted by the British and US agencies. A senior Russian diplomat goes on trial in the UK for conspiracy to poison Marina Peters, a woman working for the Royal Navy in Portsmouth. She had started an on-line romance with a man who turned out to be a spy. He was “The Russian Lieutenant” in the author’s previous book which ended with her funeral – and now there are the inevitable reprisals by Moscow, including another poisoning attack in Portsmouth. Along the way, readers will discover Samantha Lord, a new central character who gets her baptism of fire as a CIA operator in Mexico and Canada; and the Russian spy who posed as a naval officer for his on-line “affair” is arrested but returned to Moscow in a dramatic spy-swap.
“….makes the courtroom drama come alive …five stars for Marshall’s second spy adventure” – review on Amazon.
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