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The Mercenary

A novel by

From acclaimed spy novelist Paul Vidich comes a taut new thriller following the attempted exfiltration of a KGB officer from the ever-changing-and always dangerous-USSR in the mid-1980s.

Moscow, 1985. The Soviet Union and its communist regime are in the last stages of decline, but remain opaque to the rest of the world-and still very dangerous.

In this ever-shifting landscape, a senior KGB officer - code name GAMBIT - has approached the CIA Moscow Station chief with top secret military weapons intelligence and asked to be exfiltrated. GAMBIT demands that his handler be a former CIA officer, Alex Garin, a former KGB officer who defected to the American side.

The CIA had never successfully exfiltrated a KGB officer from Moscow, and the top brass do not trust Garin. But they have no other options: GAMBIT's secrets could be the deciding factor in the Cold War. Garin is able to gain the trust of GAMBIT, but remains an enigma.

Is he a mercenary acting in self-interest or are there deeper secrets from his past that would explain where his loyalties truly lie?

As the date nears for GAMBIT's exfiltration, and with the walls closing in on both of them, Garin begins a relationship with a Russian agent and sets into motion a plan that could compromise everything.

Praise for Paul Vidich

'Vidich perfectly captures the era's paranoid mood' - The Times

'A terse and convincing thriller... This stand-alone work reaches a new level of moral complexity and brings into stark relief the often contradictory nature of spycraft' - Wall Street Journal

'In the manner of Charles Cumming and recent le Carré, Vidich pits spies on the same side against one another in a kind of internal cold war' - Booklist

Genre: Historical

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Hardback Editions

February 2021 : USA Hardback

Title: The Mercenary: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Vidich
ISBN: 1-64313-620-8 / 978-1-64313-620-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pegasus Crime
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Paperback Editions

March 2021 : UK Paperback

Title: The Mercenary
Author(s): Paul Vidich
ISBN: 0-85730-445-3 / 978-0-85730-445-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd
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Kindle Editions

March 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Mercenary
Author(s): Paul Vidich
Publisher: No Exit Press
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February 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: The Mercenary: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Vidich
Publisher: Pegasus Crime
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA