The Dark Chronicles

The Dark Chronicles

A Spy Trilogy: Free Agent; Song of Treason; The Moscow Option

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  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101589441
  • 800 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


It’s 1969, and MI6 agent Paul Dark has spent the last twenty-five years betraying his country. When a would-be Russian defector turns up with information about a high-level British double agent, Dark goes on the run—only to discover that everything he believes is a lie.

Bringing together three novels featuring double agent Paul Dark, The Dark Chronicles journeys from London to Nigeria and from Rome to Moscow in a heart-pounding saga of dubious loyalties, deadly conspiracies, and ruthless acts of revenge at the height of the Cold War.


“The immediacy of Duns’ writing grabs and suspends the reader in a beautifully realized heartbeat of recent history.”

Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Free Agent:
“Duns’ tightly coiled plot recalls the paranoia of Len Deighton’s early works and the tension of Adam Hall’s Quiller novels.”

Chicago Sun-Times

“Nothing like a return to the Cold War for a hot summer day.”

New York Post

“Duns’ debut is being called ‘reminiscent’ of John le Carré’s Cold War spy thrillers.”

Sacramento Bee

“Seldom has a thriller plot taken more unseen turns…Readers will eagerly await the sequel.”

Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

“This debut novel [Free Agent], the first in a trilogy featuring Paul Dark, is superior fiction, with an unexpected twist.”

Library Journal

“A diabolically clever novel that will keep you guessing until the final moments.”


“A sleek, fast-paced tale of espionage and international intrigue that held me utterly entranced. Duns is an exceptional talent. As I rapidly turned the pages I was transported back to the heyday of spy fiction and reminded of the best of le Carré, Deighton and Forsyth. Recommended without reservation.

—Christopher Reich, author of Rules of Deception

“Terse, sardonic and knowing, Free Agent is a take-no-prisoners exploration of loyalty, duplicity and love. I dare anyone to put this book down after reading the first electrifying chapter.”

—Eric von Lustbader, author of First Daughter

Praise for Song of Treason:
“With its subtlty deployed late-60s detail, [Song of Treason] is a treat for fans of traditional Len Deighton-style spy thrillers.”

The Guardian (London)

“A cleverly twisted tale of intrigue and deception, this is a masterly excursion back to the bad old days of the Cold War.”

The Times (London)

“An homage to the morally ambiguous Sixties thrillers of le Carré and Deighton…nuanced to the hilt.”

The Telegraph (London)