Double Agent (Kate Henderson Series #2) by Tom Bradby
English | 2020 | Mystery & Thriller | ePUB | 3.4 MB
It was supposed to be a quiet family weekend away.
But for Senior MI6 officer Kate Henderson, nothing is ever that simple . . . .
Kidnapped in Venice by a Russian defector, Kate knows she’s in trouble.
But all is not as it seems.
The spy offers her conclusive evidence that the British Prime Minister is a live agent working for Moscow. Kate’s holiday quickly becomes the start of her next mission.
With proof of the PM involved in a sordid scandal and a financial paper trail that undeniably links him to the Russians, the evidence seems bulletproof.
But the motives of the defector are anything but clear.
And, more worryingly, it seems that there are key people at the heart of the British Establishment who refuse to acknowledge the reality in front of them.
Kate can trust no one, and this mission will push her dangerously close to the edge . . . . . but is that the price to pay for the truth?
From British journalist and bestselling author, Tom Bradby, a sequel to Secret Service that pushes senior MI6 agent Kate Henderson to her limits as she tries to.
‘We – I – recruited a young au pair to take a job as nanny to Igor’s grandson onboard. We persuaded her to plant a bug in his study. Shortly afterwards, we recorded him and his colleagues discussing the fact that the former prime minister had cancer and was about to resign. It was clear that one of the candidates to replace him was working for Moscow.’
‘Well, you’ll have seen the leaks in the press—’
‘The current prime minister, yes, but was it correct?’
‘In the end, there was no way of proving it either way, which is why the case was sealed.’
‘Did you agree with that decision?’
Kate hesitated. ‘We cannot afford to see a democratically elected leader’s mandate undermined without hard evidence.’
‘Do you think he was guilty?’
‘My view is immaterial. We need to be an evidence-based organization, particularly in this world of disinformation and lies.’
‘What happened to Rav?’
‘He was murdered.’
‘But the coroner’s verdict was suicide?’
‘And as I understand it, he – indeed all of the work of Operation Sigma – was betrayed by an agent in your midst, planted here to assist the current prime minister’s rise to office.’
Kate gazed at her icily. Bloody Ian, she thought. This woman was far too well-informed. So much for the file being sealed. ‘That matter is also closed.’
‘The agent – Viper – was your husband?’
‘If you already know the answer, there is no need to pose the question.’
‘I’m sorry, that must have been extremely hard.’
‘I’m looking for a deputy, not a therapist.’
‘And you won’t regret hiring me. I’m very thorough.’
Kate watched the rain hammer the glass. She stood, determined to draw this audience to a close. She offered her hand. ‘Thank you for coming in, Miss Spencer.’
‘Was that all right?’ Suzy asked, a sudden and rather startling hint of humility in her gaze. ‘Did I get the job?’
‘I’ll let you know.’
Kate sat again and watched as Suzy retrieved her coat, then headed down the corridor. She couldn’t really have had graver reservations about the woman, but that was beside the point. On this, she accepted, Ian would have his way.
But the much bigger question was simple enough: why was he so determined to inflict this outsider on them? It wasn’t his idea, of that much she was certain.