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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? "From the Hardcover edition.""

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Hardback Editions

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

February 2018 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Jack of Spies (A Jack McColl Novel)
Author(s): David Downing
ISBN: 1-61695-886-3 / 978-1-61695-886-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Crime
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July 2015 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Jack of Spies (A Jack McColl Novel)
Author(s): David Downing
ISBN: 1-61695-536-8 / 978-1-61695-536-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Crime
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

June 2014 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Jack of Spies
Author(s): David Downing
ISBN: 1-908699-71-X / 978-1-908699-71-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Old Street Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

April 2017 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Jack of Spies
Author(s): David Downing
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
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April 2017 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Jack of Spies
Author(s): David Downing
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
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May 2014 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Jack of Spies
Author(s): David Downing
ISBN: 1-4830-1361-8 / 978-1-4830-1361-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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May 2014 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: 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 MP3 CD
thumbTitle: Jack of Spies
Author(s): David Downing
ISBN: 1-4830-1362-6 / 978-1-4830-1362-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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May 2014 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Jack of Spies
Author(s): David Downing
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

May 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Jack of Spies (A Jack McColl Novel)
Author(s): David Downing
Publisher: Soho Crime
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

September 2013 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Jack of Spies
Author(s): David Downing
Publisher: Old Street Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   


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