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Jack of Spies

(2013)
(The first book in the Jack McColl series)
A novel by

 
 
Set on the eve of the First World War, across oceans and continents, steamliners and cross-country trains, David Downing’s complex and thrilling new espionage novel takes us all the way back to the dawn of that most fascinating of 20th century characters—the spy.

It is 1913, and those who follow the news closely can see the world is teetering on the brink of war. Jack McColl, a Scottish car salesman with an uncanny ear for languages, has always hoped to make a job for himself as a spy. As his sales calls take him from city to great city—Hong Kong to Shanghai to San Francisco to New York—he moonlights collecting intelligence for His Majesty's Secret Service, but British espionage is in its infancy and Jack has nothing but a shoestring budget and the very tenuous protection of a boss in far-away London. He knows, though, that a geopolitical catastrophe is brewing, and now is both the moment to prove himself and the moment his country needs him most.

Unfortunately, this is also the moment he begins to realize what his aspiration might cost him. He understands his life is at stake when activities in China suddenly escalate from innocent data-gathering and casual strolls along German military concessions to arrest warrants and knife attacks. Meanwhile, a sharp, vivacious American suffragette journalist has wiled her way deep into his affections, and it is not long before he realizes that her Irish-American family might be embroiled in the Irish Republican movement Jack's bosses are fighting against. How can he choose between his country and the woman he loves? And would he even be able to make such a choice without losing both?

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"It would already be enough that Jack of Spies is a taut, highly intelligent spy thriller without it being a brilliant historical portrait and a captivating love story to boot. A remarkably engaging world tour of pre-World War One espionage featuring an honorable protagonist begging for a long series." - Lyndsay Faye

"Vividly explores the worldwide intrigues that spawned World War I, through the all-too-human British spy Jack McColl and the lover he betrays." - Francine Mathews


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July 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Jack Of Spies
Author(s): David Downing
ISBN: 1-4104-6996-4 / 978-1-4104-6996-0 (USA edition)
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May 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Jack of Spies (A Jack McColl Novel)
Author(s): David Downing
ISBN: 1-61695-268-7 / 978-1-61695-268-6 (USA edition)
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September 2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: Jack of Spies
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ISBN: 1-908699-29-9 / 978-1-908699-29-9 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

February 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Jack of Spies (A Jack McColl Novel)
Author(s): David Downing
ISBN: 1-61695-886-3 / 978-1-61695-886-2 (USA edition)
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July 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Jack of Spies (A Jack McColl Novel)
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ISBN: 1-61695-536-8 / 978-1-61695-536-6 (USA edition)
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June 2014 : Paperback
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June 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Jack of Spies
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ISBN: 1-908699-71-X / 978-1-908699-71-8 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

May 2017 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Jack Of Spies
Author(s): David Downing
ISBN: 1-78706-103-5 / 978-1-78706-103-3 (UK edition)
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May 2017 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Jack Of Spies
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ISBN: 1-78706-139-6 / 978-1-78706-139-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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April 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Jack of Spies
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April 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Jack of Spies
Author(s): David Downing
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
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April 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Jack of Spies
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Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
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May 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Jack of Spies
Author(s): David Downing
ISBN: 1-4830-1363-4 / 978-1-4830-1363-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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May 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Jack of Spies Lib/E
Author(s): David Downing
ISBN: 1-4830-1361-8 / 978-1-4830-1361-9 (USA edition)
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May 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Jack of Spies
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ISBN: 1-4830-1362-6 / 978-1-4830-1362-6 (USA edition)
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May 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Jack of Spies
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May 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Kindle Editions

May 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Jack of Spies (A Jack McColl Novel Book 1)
Author(s): David Downing
Publisher: Soho Crime
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September 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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