"Kelly's years as a political writer and intelligence correspondent covering wars, terrorism and nuclear powers have served her well, and she portrays James with authority in a smart, fun voice that will stir lust and envy among readers. The author leaves open a window on the final page that suggests a sequel, much to the reader's delight." (Publishers Weekly)
“Kelly has mastered the mental geographies of the journalist, the terrorist, and the spy: The competing ideals, the gritty reality, and the layers of wisdom or self-deception they employ in reconciling them. You won’t put this down.” (Bob Grenier, former CIA Head of Counterterrorism and former CIA Station Chief in Pakistan)
"Mary Louise Kelly blends the worlds she knows so well--Harvard, Cambridge, Washington, the news room and the American intelligence community--into a fast paced thriller that is hard to put down. The atmosphere rings true on every page as she weaves a taut tale from a young man's apparent suicide to a terrorist attempt at the highest seat of American power." (Michael Hayden, former Director of the CIA)
"In Mary Louise Kelly’s entertaining new novel, a smart, sexy reporter wanders into the midst of a truly scary terrorist plot. In the manner of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, Kelly’s heroine has to outfox the conspirators to escape. This book is great fun, from beginning to end."
(David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington Post and author of Bloodmoney)
"A great spy thriller..I couldn't put it down. The plot's great and the details are delicious." (Joel Brenner, Former Inspector General of the National Security Agency and author of America the Vulnerable)
"An authentic view of the media, intelligence, and terrorism that is a real page turner. Kelly gets how the national security world really works."
(Richard A. Clarke, former White House Counterterrorism Chief and author of The Scorpion’s Gate)
"One of the most genuinely chilling plots I’ve ever read. A scenario that will haunt anyone who’s ever read a newspaper. I couldn’t put this book down."
(Allison Leotta, author of Speak of the Devil)
About the Author
Mary Louise Kelly spent two decades traveling the world as a reporter for NPR and the BBC. Her assignments have taken her from the Khyber Pass to mosques in Hamburg, and from grimy Belfast bars to the ruined deserts of Iraq. As NPR’s intelligence correspondent, she reported on wars, terrorism, and rising nuclear powers. Kelly grew up in Georgia, and her first job was working as a political reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
. Educated at Harvard University and at Cambridge University in England, she lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and their two children.