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A young, unnamed spy is living in Shanghai in order to observe and absorb the culture and language so as to aid a shadowy US agency known only as ‘HQ’. However when he meets a sultry and mysterious woman named Mei, they begin a torrid affair that threatens to expose him to HQ’s enemies.

Soon the head of HQ, Luther Burbank, gives the spy a task that will force him to risk everything: go undercover as the American ambassador for a massive Chinese multinational conglomerate, and learn the secrets of their powerful CEO Chen Qi, whom HQ believes to be a front man for the nearly uncrackable Chinese Intelligence, known as the Guoanbu.

Soon the spy finds that HQ isn’t the only one tracking his every move, and the deadly Guoanbu may be aware of his true identity. Danger lies around every corner, as the enigmatic Mei flits in and ouf of his life, yet every time he thinks he’s closer to the truth, he finds himself drawn further into a deadly cat-and-mouse game between HQ and the Guoanbu that might not only end his life, but could upend the East/West balance of power.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Charles McCarry has been compared to John le Carré—but maybe le Carré should be compared to McCarry. The Shanghai Factor is certainly the best-written spy thriller you will read this year. A perfect blend of sex, intrigue, exotic locales, and deadly danger.”

    Nelson DeMille

  • “Charles McCarry is better than John le Carré. Which makes him perhaps the best ever. And this is his first long-form fiction in years. Excited yet? You should be. The Shanghai Factor is hypnotic, engaging, subtle, and deeply, deeply satisfying.”

    Lee Child

  • “Meticulous, intelligent prose is the real star of this excellent espionage thriller from former CIA operations officer McCarry…This book is a must-read for genre aficionados and McCarry’s many fans.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A nuanced, devilishly intricate thriller…Meticulous plotting, literate prose and mordant wit make this a thriller for connoisseurs of the genre.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • The Shanghai Factor is wildly entertaining and further proof that McCarry is a modern master of the genre on a par with le Carré and Robert Littell.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A 2014 Barry Award Nominee
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About the Author
Author Charles McCarry

Charles McCarry is the author of ten critically acclaimed novels and nine nonfiction books. He is a former editor-at-large of National Geographic and has contributed dozens of articles, short stories, and poems to leading national magazines. His op-ed pieces and other essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. For ten years he served under deep cover as a CIA operations officer.