The Cold War may be nearing its end, but the heat hasn't turned down a bit for the spies on either side of the iron curtain in The Coldest City (978-1-934964-53-8, $19.99) from Oni Press. Writer Antony Johnston and artist Sam Hart take readers back to the streets of a divided Berlin for a spy thriller in the tradition of John LeCarré and Len Deighton.
November 1989. Communism is collapsing, and soon the Berlin Wall will come down with it. But before that happens there is one last bit of cloak & dagger to attend to. Two weeks ago, an undercover MI6 officer was killed in Berlin. He was carrying information from a source in the East — a list that allegedly contains the name of every espionage agent working in Berlin, on all sides. No list was found on his body.
Now Lorraine Broughton, an experienced spy with no pre-existing ties to Berlin, has been sent into this powderkeg of social unrest, counter-espionage, defections gone bad and secret assassinations to bring back the list and save the lives of the British agents whose identities reside on it. But on the night the Berlin Wall comes down, Broughton's boss is shot and killed on the street.
When Lorraine returns to Britain, she comes clean, with a story where nothing is as it seems.
"Beautifully subtle with a fantastic climax," said Crimespree Magazine. "The Coldest City is a sly espionage tale readers will indulge in through the end... Johnston is a great writer and has a great handle on this genre."
The Coldest City is available and suggested for Older Teen (16+) readers.