My new novel, Constant Nobody (Goose Lane Editions) publishes on 2 March 2021. It’s available for pre-order. The cover is Rene Magritte’s The Lovers.
1937. As civil war engulfs the Basque Country, polyglot British intelligence agent Temerity West encounters Kostya Nikto, a Soviet secret police agent. Kostya has been dispatched to assassinate a doctor as part of the suppression of a rogue communist faction. When Kostya finds his victim in the company of Temerity, she expects Kostya to execute her — instead, he spares her.
Several weeks later, Temerity is reassigned to Moscow. When she is picked up by the secret police, she once again encounters Kostya. His judgement impaired by pain, morphine, and alcohol, he extricates her from a dangerous situation and takes her to his flat. In the morning, they both awaken to the realities of what Kostya has done. Although Kostya wants to keep Temerity safe, the cost will be high. And Temerity must decide where her loyalties lie.