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Citizen Orlov

Citizen Orlov

By Jonathan Payne
Categories: Fiction, Espionage, Action & Adventure, Absurdist
Imprint: CamCat Books
Hardcover : 9780744309010, 288 pages, May 2023
Paperback (Large print edition) : 9780744309072, 394 pages, May 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780744309096, May 2023
Audiobook : 9780744309119, May 2023
Expected to ship: 2023-05-23
Expected to ship: 2023-05-23

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When Citizen Orlov, an unassuming fishmonger and upstanding citizen, answers a mysterious phone call, he is catapulted into a web of espionage and political maneuverings. Not every fishmonger can be a secret agent, but Orlov will certainly try.

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Not every fishmonger can be a secret agent.

Journey to an unnamed mountainous country in central Europe at the end of the Great War. Enter Citizen Orlov, a simple fishmonger and an honest, upright citizen, who answers a phone call meant for a secret agent and stumbles into a hidden world of espionage and secrecy. Recruited by the Ministry of Security, he is sent on assignment to safeguard the king.

But Orlov soon discovers that his ministry handler, the alluring femme fatale Agent Zelle, is planning not to protect the king but to assassinate him. Caught in a web of plot and counterplot, confusing loyalties, and explosive betrayals, Orlov finds himself on trial for murder. Given the opportunity to clear his name, he finds that the lives of his friends, mother, and fellow citizens hang in the balance.

Reviews

“A triumph—and an answer to that age-old question of what would have happened had Gogol, Kafka and G. K. Chesterton collaborated on a thriller. A timeless work which will, I fear, be forever timely.” —Dixe Wills, author of Places to Hide and New World Order