Charles Cumming – The Moroccan Girl


“Another Charles Cumming triumph. (Jason Matthews, best-selling author of The Kremlin’s Candidate)

In this gripping contemporary thriller, a successful spy novelist is drawn into a real-life espionage plot when hes ordered to find a mysterious fugitive on the alluring but deadly streets of Morocco.

Renowned author Kit Carradine is approached by an MI6 officer with a seemingly straightforward assignment: to track down a mysterious woman hiding somewhere in the exotic, perilous city of Marrakesh. But when Carradine learns the woman is a dangerous fugitive with ties to international terrorism, the glamour of being a spy is soon tainted by fear and betrayal.

Lara Bartok is a leading figure in Resurrection, a violent revolutionary movement whose brutal attacks on prominent right-wing public figures have spread hatred and violence across the world. Her disappearance ignites a race between warring intelligence services desperate to find her – at any cost. But as Carradine edges closer to the truth, he finds himself drawn to this brilliant, beautiful, and profoundly complex woman.

Caught between increasingly dangerous forces who want Bartok dead, Carradine soon faces an awful choice: to abandon Lara to her fate or to risk everything trying to save her.

More praise for The Moroccan Girl:

Charles Cumming has breathed new life into the spy novel. (Ben Macintyre, best-selling author of A Spy Among Friends)

“Narrator Dan Bittner is back…bringing his full array of fantastic character voices…Bittner excels at combining drama and comedy in just the right proportions to make this audiobook a thoroughly enjoyable ride.” (AudioFile Magazine)

Author: Charles Cumming
Narrator: Charlie Anson
Duration: 10 hours 38 minutes
Released: 19 Dec 2002
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Language: English

User Review:

supervisor resistant

I had high hopes for this book: positive reviews, an exotic setting and espionage! Unfortunately very early on it was apparent that this was the writers knight in shining armor/James Bond wanna-be/Everyman hero fantasy. The titular character was neither Moroccan, nor a girl. She was the only female character in the book (beyond prostitutes and a weary wife of an unfaithful husband) and carried the heavy burden of trying to add realism to her femme fatale caricature, while being so overwhelming bewitching that most men fell at her feet and then risked their very existence for her. The plot was truly laughable-a bored, lonely writer is recruited by a spy ostensibly because he wrote well about espionage and happened to be taking a trip to Morocco (deep state intel via his Facebook page). Although the main character is often paranoid and unsure (much of the book is his insecure inner dialogue), he becomes the girls savior-punching out adversaries (he takes boxing lessons at home!) and saving her life countless times. She repays him with the only thing shes been given as a character…well you can imagine. One ridiculous scene involved the main character who happened to walk in on the girl who happened to be sleeping naked. It was so implausible that it seemed to have been slipped in only to sexualize her further and as justification for a nude scene in the film version. The reader was good although his girl character voice wasnt seamless and why do all Americans sound like John Wayne?