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The Shanghai Factor

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The Shanghai Factor by Charles Mccarry

An American spy in China. Name: Unknown. Status: Sleeper. He's meant to be laying low, polishing his Mandarin and awaiting further instructions from Washington. But Shandhai is a difficult city to sleep in, especially when his nights are taken over by the seductive but enigmatic Mei - a woman with secrets he'd rather not hear. Then he is tasked with a delicate operation. Infiltrate the core of the Chinese intelligence service. Distinguish friend from foe. Report to a single contact at HQ. Trust no one. Tell no one. Pushed out into the cold, in a city of millions he's suddenly very, very alone. But in Shanghai city you're never truly alone. Faceless strangers linger in the shadows, watching your every move. No one is safe from the Guoanbu. Not even a spy with no name...


'If you do not read another spy novel this year, read this one, it will not disappoint.'
Daily Mail

'Charles McCarry is the best modern writer on the subject of intrigue' P.J. O'Rourke

'There is no better American spy novelist'
Time Magazine

About the Author

Charles Mccarry

Charles McCarry established an international reputation with the publication of his worldwide bestseller The Tears of Autumn in 1975 and altogether wrote 10 critically acclaimed novels. During the Cold War he was an intelligence officer operating under deep cover in Europe, Africa and Asia.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st July 2013


Charles Mccarry

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304 pages


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