British spy turned writer Alex Dryden continues his tale of former Russian KGB agent Anna Resnikov in his latest novel, "Moscow Sting." (HarperCollins, 468 pages with a preview of his next work, "The Blind Spy.")
Anna's lover and father of her child has been killed by Russian agent Grigory Bykov. She and her young son are hiding in the south of France when pictures of her are sold to all interested parties - the Americans, British and Russians.
In what appears to be a daring "rescue" of mother and son from being forcibly returned to Putin's Russia, Anna is enlisted by the Americans to help them uncover a Russian agent operating in America.
In the midst of this espionage chess match, an assassin named Lars is plying his trade as he takes out a number of Russian billionaires.
Alex Dryden is the pseudonym of a former British security agent. His latest work shows that the Cold War is far from over - though now there is an added wrinkle of the danger presented by the number of private security agencies operating in the United States.
If one worried about rogue CIA operations, Dryden sketches a horrifying picture of what can happen when intelligence services operate on their own.
As with his previous work, "Red to Black," Dryden offers some interesting insights into the dangerous realm of international espionage and the corrupt KGB capitalism of Putin's Russia.