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THE ILLEGAL

Gordon Corera

  • Original Title: THE ILLEGAL
  • Publication date: March 2018
  • Publisher: AMAZON
  • Country: GB
  • 66 print pages
  • Historical

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, Search for the truth, Double identity, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, War and other conflicts

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Gordon Lonsdale arrived in London in 1955. A successful Canadian businessman, he charmed everyone he met in his adopted country. But Gordon Lonsdale was an elaborate lie. In reality he was Konon Molody, a celebrated Russian spy working for the KGB.

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Gordon Corera is a British author and journalist. He is the BBC's Security Correspondent and specializes in computer technology. He has worked on Radio 4's The World Tonight, BBC2's Newsnight, and worked in the US as the BBC's State Department correspondent and as an analyst for the BBC's coverage of the 2000 US presidential election. He presented the 2009 Radio 4 programme MI6: A Century in the Shadows, a three-part history of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service. .

Summary

Gordon Lonsdale arrived in London in 1955. A successful Canadian businessman and lover of the high life, he charmed everyone he met in his adopted country. But Gordon Lonsdale was an elaborate lie. In reality he was Konon Molody, a celebrated Russian spy working for the KGB.

Lonsdale was an illegal, an elite brand of undercover agent whose identity was carefully designed to help him avoid detection. Moving with ease through the British establishment, he ran a network of agents, some providing sensitive military secrets. Lonsdale was running a slick operation, but living a double life would exact a considerable toll…

When a source tipped off the CIA, Lonsdale’s activities came under the close scrutiny of MI5—and for Charles Elwell, the hunt for the illegal became a personal mission. But how would he go about tracking down a man whose whole life was built on evading capture?

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  • Author’s biography

    Gordon Corera (born 1974), is a British author and journalist. He is the BBC's Security Correspondent and specializes in computer technology. He has worked on Radio 4's The World Tonight, BBC2's Newsnight, and worked in the US as the BBC's State Department correspondent and as an analyst for the BBC's coverage of the 2000 US presidential election. He presented the 2009 Radio 4 programme MI6: A Century in the Shadows, a three-part history of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service. His books include THE ART OF BETRAYAL: Life and Death in the British Secret Service (2011) and SHOPPING FOR BOMBS: Nuclear Proliferation, Global Insecurity, and the Rise and Fall of the A.Q. Khan Network (2006).