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Friday 9 January 2015

'Kill with a Borrowed Knife: or Agent Ai by Michael Wreford

Published as an ebook,
14 April 2014. 
ISBN 978-1-291-92377-3

In the true tradition of spy thriller heroes George Quant survives multiple adventures despite taking considerable physical damage and suffering enormous psychological pressure.  He can trust no-one!  He begins in Beijing in 2001, having escaped, by the skin of his teeth from Russia.  Almost immediately he is involved with a man known as Ho who has connections to his Moscow handler, Karen.  Despite protection and helpful financing he is pursued and periodically captured by various ruthless enemies.  The plot is complicated by frequent time changes as we trace George's previous adventures in Cambodia and the events in Russia that have led to his present plight.  Previous people with whom he is acquainted reappear including the mysterious Pierce de Havilland, and fast moving journeys eventually reach a crisis in Hongkong.   

Using real and imaginary events Wreford spins a web involving 9/11, Tiananmen Square and a valuable computer virus.  This is a high octane story requiring a strong stomach and the ability to grasp frequently changing events and continuous revelations of changing allegiances.  The book reeks with authenticity in describing China, Russia, Cambodia and the USA.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
This is the first spy novel by two men combining as Michael Wreford.

 A true double agent, Michael Wreford is two authors writing as one. The pair hold master's degrees in Chinese and International Relations, and for ten years have worked for leading multinational corporations, including in the investment banking, healthcare, and oil and gas sectors. They have lived in Beijing, The Hague, Hong Kong, and New York, and currently split their time between the United Kingdom and Switzerland.


Jennifer Palmer Throughout my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands & the USA but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics including Famous Historical Mysteries.

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