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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (June 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476715548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476715544
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dan D. on June 22, 2013
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I heard the author being interviewed on the morning radio (NPR)three days ago and bought the book on a whim. The timing was excellent as I had just finished a book. That afternoon on my lunch break at work, I sat in my office completely intrigued with the story. The story is complex yet easy to follow, interesting, exciting, and the characters are full of imaginable detail. I am confident that one day Alexander and James will be ever so glad to discover that their mother has changed course in her career as a writer. Readers of the novel will have to read all the way to the end to understand why the main character Alexandra James makes such a great reporter and her next story will be fiction and written closer to home.

As a bit of a recommendation and review of the book- let me put it this way... When is the sequel? I'm dying to see what Ms. James gets herself into next.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ted Lehmann on June 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm old enough to remember Mike Hammer ruthlessly gunning down bad guys and killing evil women with equal glee. Then came the somewhat more sensitive male detectives who work at conquering their problems while solving crimes. Slowly, as times have changed, the images of crime fiction heroes have changed, too. Now, we see the emergence of a new kind of woman detective. No longer are we entertained by tea and crumpets served by little old ladies solving crimes, but contemporary career women who use the assets they have to overcome evil in interesting and arresting situations filled with all the blood coursing excitement of a tight plot fraught with all the difficulties the genre presents. Anonymous Sources by Mary Louse Kelley (Gallery Books, June 18, 2013, 352 pages) does the job, presenting an attractive and sexy hero who's tough and spunky enough to accomplish her task while complex enough to remain interesting and unpredictable throughout. Mary Louise Kelly, in her first novel, appears to be a comer worth watching. Read the rest of the review on my blog. Please consider purchasing this title through the Amazon portal there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Editoria on August 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
At one point in this book one of the bad guys says to our heroine, "You have been stupid, so stupid, from the beginning." I'm afraid I had to agree. It was a source of frustration that the otherwise intelligent Alexandra James failed more than once to see things that had to be obvious to most readers. She was young, yes, but how could she possibly have been that clueless?

The other problem I had could have (and should have) been fixed by the editor. In the first sentence of Chapter 2, Alex mentions that she was waiting, as usual, for her friend Jess. A little later in the book she says she's going to have to apologize to Jess. At some point a couple of pages are devoted to Jess letting herself into Alex's apartment to borrow a pair of shoes. And that was the last we hear about Jess. I never did figure out what she was doing in the book. Nor did I determine why a tragic event in Alex's past figured so prominently in the story.

But I liked the book. I really did. It is definitely a page turner, and I read it quickly. The author has a wonderful sense of humor, and I laughed out loud in several places. If there's a sequel, I hope the author brings back the enchanting Lucien. And Hyde. I want to hear them speak again. Mary Louise Kelly is a genius with dialogue.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
So, what happens when a reporter turns writer? You get a brilliantly written novel that is so raw and riveting that this reader read the novel in less than 24 hours. I used to love mysteries and thrillers. And yet, it has been years since I have found a really good one that kept me on the edge of my seat, voraciously turning pages, or flipping the next page button on my Kindle in this case.

Ms. Kelly has written a brilliantly thought out novel. I see that her time spent with the NPR has given her insider information about how the world of journalism works, and it played well in this novel.

This story has a bit of everything: Espionage, murder, travel and high heels. There are back-biting, almost evil women. There is sex, violence and booze. And it all played together fabulously. I loved every word on the page and cannot wait to see what more this author is going to have in store for us in the future. I cannot think of a single criticism for this novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By She on June 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Anonymous Sources Anonymous Sources written by Mary Louise Kelly.

This is a fascinating and very interesting book. The heroine, Alexander James, is a journalist of some note although this time around it looks for all the world as if she has bitten off more than she can chew. A mystery that keeps on twisting through unexpected channels.

The story opens in Boston and careens around the various Federal departments in the US and in the UK as our heroine tries to establish the link between the suspicious death of a recent Cambridge Post-Graduate student, Thomas Carlyle. The various twists and turns introduce the reader to a number of fascinating characters and finalizes on the solution to the puzzle in a dramatic and unexpected manner. The culprit is one that one would not suspect and the potential bombing of the White House in Washington DC is avoided in the nick of time.

I gain the impression that this is going to be a series that will gain popularity of the reading public who like a fast paced read. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey and look forward to reading more of Ms. Kelly's creations.
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