“The Shanghai Factor unfolds with compelling speed, propelled by intriguing incidents, well-drawn characters and authentic-ringing spy world aphorisms.” Wall Street Journal
Following the hugely popular Paul Christopher series, The Shanghai Factor
is the first standalone espionage novel from Charles McCarry, a former spy for the CIA and one of the best-loved American spy fiction writers.
A young American spy is sent to Shanghai to absorb the culture and language for a shadowy U.S. agency known only as HQ. While there, he meets a sultry and mysterious woman named Mei, leading to a torrid love affair. Soon the enigmatic head of HQ gives the spy a task that forces him to risk everything: go undercover as the American representative for a massive Chinese conglomerate and learn the secrets of the powerful CEO, who HQ believes to be involved with the nearly uncrackable Chinese Intelligence Agency, Guoanbu.
But the spy finds out that HQ isn’t the only one tracking his every moveand that his tryst with Mei might have exposed more than just his heart. As the line between friend and foe blurs, the spy finds himself drawn into a deadly cat-and-mouse game between HQ and Guoanbu that might not only end his life, but upend the very balance of power between East and West. “McCarry manages to lend nearly every line, scene and chapter in this beautifully paced novel with a force and energy that makes for the very best fiction about espionage.” Alan Cheuse, NPR
“The Shanghai Factor is hypnotic, engaging, subtle, and deeply satisfying.” Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Wanted Man
“Only someone who has been a player can write about the Great Game of Espionage the way Charles McCarry does.” Robert Littell, author of The Company and The Stalin Epigram