The Shanghai Factor


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Mysterious Press
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5.4 X 0.9 X 8.1 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Charles McCarry served under deep cover as a CIA operations officer in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He is the author of twelve previous critically acclaimed novels, as well as numerous works of nonfiction including Citizen Nader. He currently splits his time between Florida and the Berkshires.


A Barry Award Finalist for Best Thriller

"Thanks to Mr. McCarry's seamless style, The Shanghai Factor unfolds with compelling speed, propelled by intriguing incidents, well-drawn characters and authentic-ringing spy world aphorisms."--Wall Street Journal

"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--plenty of sex, deception, travel and some murder in these'll want to read Charles McCarry's smart and utterly diverting spy trade masterwork."--Alan Cheuse, NPR

"A modern day spy novel, with the feel of a Cold War era thriller, from a veteran writer who is considered by many to be the best in his field."--Deadly Pleasures

"An engrossing, droll tale of double- and triple-crosses, highlighting at times the more bizarrely funny aspects of spy bureaucracy."--Seattle Times

"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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series, most recently A Wanted Man

"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, bestselling author of The Lion's Game and The Panther

"A highly entertaining tale. . . . The autumnal work of a master, looking back with no regrets."--Washington Post

"A compelling trip."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"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 rattlingly good read. America's preeminent spy novelist...not only still has his mojo, he seems to have a lot of other people's, too. It's the personalities and the fascinating tradecraft that McCarry handles as well as, or better than, any other espionage writer, including Alan Furst and John LeCarré."--Berkshire Eagle

"Charles McCarry is a master of intelligent, literate spy fiction. And that is why I believe you will like, really like, The Shanghai Factor."--Alan Furst, New York Times best-selling author of Mission to Paris and Spies of the Balkans

"Charles McCarry's superb gift to readers, The Shanghai Factor, is a mesmerizing story of a young American agent in play between his own outfit and China's Guoanbu. Rich in lore, tradecraft, deceit, character, twists, and jukes, beautifully written, the book reminds us that the old lions know best."--Stephen Hunter, bestselling author of Point of Impact and Third Bullet

"The Shanghai Factor is a brilliant espionage novel by the master of the form. It is also terrifying and astonishingly timely, dealing with the ominous threat of an undeclared--and victorious--Chinese cyberwar with the U.S."--Joseph Finder, New York Times best-selling author of Buried Secrets and The Moscow Club

"Only someone who has been a player can write about the Great Game of Espionage the way Charles McCarry does. In The Shanghai Factor, we are lured, page by page, paragraph by paragraph, into a fictional Heart of Darkness populated by a succubus straight out of the Gehenna of our nightmares. A great read by a master of the art and craft of espionage novels."--Robert Littell, author of The Company and The Stalin Epigram

"Charles McCarry, the reigning grand master of American spy thriller writers, delivers one of his best novels in years with The Shanghai Factor, a compelling page turner that propels its characters through McCarry's complex plot and reveals our real world of shadow powers better than most factual' reporting. McCarry captures the hearts and minds of the mere mortals we call spies."--James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor and Mad Dogs

"The lessons of old-fashioned spying in Charles McCarry's latest work, lessons still in use, make for better reading than our front pages or online news flash. . . . [The Shanghai Factor] is written with literary mastery.--Washington Lawyer

"[A] smart and sexy thrilller. . . . The key to The Shanghai Factor is what makes McCarry's other books work: understatement. . . . There is an understanding of the drama of a spy's psychology as much as what weapon he carries."--Daily Caller