For years, she lived in the shadows. To her family and friends, she was an art consultant with global contacts; in reality, she was a CIA agent running covert missions combating terrorism. So is Amaryllis Fox the real-life version of TV's famous undercover operative, Homeland's Carrie Mathison? Ben Hoyle finds out.

It is late spring in 2008 and a young American couple have just arrived on a beautiful Thai island for a final holiday before their baby is born.

But as the sun sets over the airport's thatched buildings, Amaryllis Fox makes her excuses to her husband, Dean, and heads

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