‘The Clown Service’ by Guy Adams

My Review (5 stars out of 5)

When failed agent Toby Greene is transferred to Section 37, he finds his new boss August Shining is the only other official member of the team. As they set off to meet one of Shining’s freelancers, Toby discovers that Section 37 doesn’t deal with ordinary spies. In fact, some of them aren’t even alive…

This is the first book I’ve read by Guy Adams and it’s an interesting mix of spies and the paranormal. As our hero is plunged into a strange new world, he is faced with former KGB agent Oleg Krishnin, an agent who Shining killed several decades earlier. But Krishnin is back and his plan to invade the UK with thousands of ‘sleeper’ agents is well under way. Trouble is, the agents are currently six feet under and the only way to stop them climbing out of their graves is to tackle Krishnin in his own space – a kind of alternative version of London.

As other reviewers have commented, there are similarities to Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, though with less emphasis on the city itself. The narrative is told by different characters and from different points of view with changing tenses, which can be confusing. Having said that, it’s a jolly romp that skips along with the tongue firmly in the cheek, mixing cold-war thrillers with Sean-of-the-Dead type antics.

An enjoyable tale of spies and ghostly beings that kept me entertained, if at times a little mystified.

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  2 comments for “‘The Clown Service’ by Guy Adams

  1. 06/04/2022 at 6:40 PM

    This sounds very intriguing, Colin. I like the sound of it very much.

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    • 06/04/2022 at 7:25 PM

      Yes, it made a nice change from the usual spy-type story.

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