July 2010 Indie Next List
“Alex Dryden writes spy novels that put him on the same level as such illustrious predecessors as John Buchan and Eric Ambler. Like the classic writers, his work is taut, intelligent and frighteningly topical. The story of Russian defector Anna Resnikov and the machinations on all sides to use her and her knowledge is the perfect sequel to Red to Black and a perfect example of how excellent the genre can be.”
— Bill Cusumano, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI
Former British spy Finn is dead, poisoned by a Russian assassin, and his ex-boss, the chief of MI6, wants vengeance . . . and answers. Finn's widow, Anna Resnikov, holds the key to the secrets to his death and to her motherland—but the onetime KGB colonel, who betrayed her country for love, vanished with their child shortly after Finn's murder.
The CIA also wants Anna, as does the powerful private American intelligence company Cougar. She's in the KGB's crosshairs as well—the only person who knows the true identity of the Kremlin insider and double agent known as Mikhail, whose knowledge of Russia's obscure intentions for its newfound oil wealth is coveted by the West. With friend and foe alike closing in, Anna must uncover a shocking truth before anyone else does. What's at stake is her freedom . . . and the life of her innocent child.
About the Author
Alex Dryden is the pseudonym of a British writer who worked for the British security services. He has had extensive first-hand experience with Russia for many years. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Red to Black and Moscow Sting. The Blind Spy is his third novel.
“Moscow Sting suggests [Dryden] has finished the crossover from journalist to full-fledged thriller writer. Keep an eye on Dryden. If he continues to infuse the genre with serious political insights and warnings, he could be the next John le Carré.”
“MOSCOW STING is a gripping, action-packed insider’s view of modern day espionage with a clever twist at the end. Ex-KGB Colonel Anna Resnikov is a terrific heroine, who I hope will return with future adventures.”
-Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of SUPREME JUSTICE
“Engaging and fast-paced thriller.”
“Dryden follows up his superb debut, Red to Black (2009), with a riveting sequel... Red to Black reinvigorated the classic Cold War espionage genre. Moscow Sting, with its clever, devious, conflicted characters, its tension and verisimilitude, and its complex but fully plausible plot, is every bit as good.”
-Booklist (starred review)
“Alex Dryden is a writer who can please everyone from fans of old LeCarre to students of current affairs. MOSCOW STING is a thought-provoking and entertaining follow up to the terrific Red to Black. No sophomore slump here.”
-James Grippando, New York Times bestselling author of MONEY TO BURN
“This follow-up to Dryden’s debut thriller, RED TO BLACK, is a rarity: a sequel as good as its exceptional predecessor... An exceptional spy story. Boy, is this good!”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Pseudonymous Brit journalist Dryden is back with another fine neo-Cold War spy thriller, the sequel to RED TO BLACK (2009)…This book stylishly carries the story forward…A twisty, persuasive, action-packed thriller.”
“Hands down, one of the most convincing spy stories you’ll ever read.”
-Lisa Black, author of TRAIL OF BLOOD