Arctic Sun by Jack Grimwood is an exciting cloak and dagger style thriller in the style of the great John Le Carre. Set in the world just before the thawing of the cold war, it's the latest to follow Major Tom Fox. It's an instantly readable novel that show both the world in the 1980's set against the backdrop of his family falling apart.
A nuclear accident in the wilds of Russia provokes an international crisis. Tom's wife lies in hospital dying. Her family, who never took to Tom want control of his son. Against this, his father-in-law, a mandarin in the British Government sends him to Norway to find his ex lover, Amelia, who has been on the scene of the accident.
There's a lot to like about the characters in this novel. As its the first Jack Grimwood story I've read I didn't know of the past of Tom Fox. However, I soon picked up the gist of the backstory, so it made the book more enjoyable. Charlie, Tom's son, is probably the most interesting character. A young boy who sees and communicates with his dead sister, his trusting manner gets him into trouble, leading to problems for his father.
The book gains pace very quickly and you're turning those pages while you devour this enthralling story. You feel the cold when Tom is out in Russia and Norway, you experience the terror of the situations. This is a book that is up there with some of the best by John Le Carre. A taut thriller that deserves a read.