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Sam Capra, former CIA operative, is enjoying life as a bar owner in Coconut Grove when a spook from his past appears—and is promptly killed. Sam befriends the dead man’s client, the beautiful Cordelia, as the first step in avenging the murder. They move through Miami’s gangster-tinged nightlife, and Sam learns why Cordelia needed protection. She’s a member of a particularly cruel crime family. Sam gets invited to their San Juan estate, and the novel becomes a long family dinner, with semi-senile Dad, quarreling brothers, a bitter half sister, and more. Readers who believe crime originates in family pathology might like this development. Others will shudder when they see there are 200 pages to go. But the plot shapes up into chases, fights, and betrayals, allowing time for readers to notice that the father is named Reyes (i.e., King), his adviser is Kent, the snarky daughter is Cordelia, and the banished brother is Edwin. Subtext or in-joke? Whichever, it’s another slowing device in a narrative that reveals its secrets at its own pace. Not up to the standard of Abbott’s previous high-energy thrillers, but entertaining all the same. --Don Crinklaw


"One of the best ongoing series in the thriller genre. Readers will be hooked from the start...INSIDE MAN jumps into the action right away, and the last 100 pages are downright terrifying. Abbott has a gift for creating great character-driven thrillers, and readers will clamor for more, especially given the cliffhanger ending."—Associated Press

"Thriller Award-winner Abbott draws on Shakespeare's King Lear for his outstanding fourth Sam Capra novel...Abbott injects enough of Sam's back story to make his intricate plot believable, judiciously spices his tale with tasteful but usually interrupted romance, and convincingly makes Sam a genuine contemporary 'chevalier.'"—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"INSIDE MAN is a tightly controlled roller coaster of a narrative, goosing the reader forward with almost every paragraph."—Austin Chronicle

"Abbott's Sam Capra series represents some of the finest writing on the market, and the fact that it's squarely in the thriller genre-which means the story is fast and intense, and the stakes are stratospheric-makes Abbott one of the best writers out there, as his "who's who" string of awards (Edgar, Thriller, Anthony, Agatha, Macavity) can attest to...With dead friends, mysterious women, snappy dialogue and clever twists, this is stellar work from an accomplished, sophisticated writer at the top of his game."

J. T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of When Shadows Fall

"Lots of action and plot twists make this a literary roller coaster."—USA Today

"Exciting and imaginative, full of action and intrigue. Abbott's writing raises the pulse, taking readers on a wild adventure."—Free-Lance Star

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Product Details

  • Series: The Sam Capra series (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455528455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455528455
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Abbott is the international-bestselling, award-winning author of ten mystery and suspense novels. Jeff is a native Texan and graduated from Rice University with a degree in History and English, and worked as a creative director at an advertising agency before writing full-time. He lives in Austin with his wife and two sons. You can visit his website at and follow him on Twitter @JeffAbbott.

Customer Reviews

THis is one my absolute favorite series.
S. Schultz
Character development was good and got better as the fast paced story moved along.
Robert C. Olson
Jeff Abbott has surpassed the other books in the Sam Capra series.
Donna Friedeck

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
A woman walks into a bar. That could be the opening line of a joke, but it's also a logical opening of a Sam Capra novel, given the number of bars that Sam owns. This one is a dive near Miami. Sam's friend, who used to work security, is meeting the woman because he's doing an unspecified job for her. When the friend gets shot, the woman's problem becomes Sam's. The woman vanishes but Sam isn't someone who lets go of a mystery, particularly one that involves a friend.

The mystery takes Sam to Puerto Rico where he reengages with the woman and becomes involved with her family. There is a dirty side to the family business and enough family drama to power a television miniseries. Whether someone in the family killed Sam's friend is the central mystery, but as Sam gets drawn more deeply into the power struggle that preoccupies the family members, he has additional mysteries to solve. Before he learns the answers, he finds himself in a predicament that echoes the classic television series The Prisoner.

The story is full of action but none of it is mindless. The mysterious Round Table and the mysterious Mila, his Round Table contact, work their way into the story, causing Sam (and the reader) to wonder again about the Round Table's true agenda. That theme fades into the background after providing some tantalizing clues about the Round Table's true nature. A neat surprise at the end also sets up a plotline that will probably be advanced in the next installment.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on July 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Whenever I settle down to read a Jeff Abbott thriller featuring ex-CIA agent Sam Capra, I prepare by fastening my seat belt and readying myself for an extremely fast-paced and exhilarating experience. I'm pleased to report that INSIDE MAN does not disappoint in that area. However, either due to Abbott's maturation as a thriller writer or Sam’s growing complexity as a character, I found INSIDE MAN to be the most layered and personal of any installment in the series.

Sam works for an organization that plays under the radar of the U.S. and international governments known as the Round Table. They seek to do good around the world via the support of a wealthy few who remain anonymous.Sam works in the guise of a bar owner and often bounces among various bars located around the U.S. At his bar in Miami known as Stormy's, he maintains a close relationship with all the regulars and has made the establishment a welcome bastion of serenity for those who choose to come and spend a few hours there.

During one day at Stormy's, a close friend of Sam's named Steve Robles pays him a visit. In addition to wanting to catch up with him, Steve brings an offer of employment. He works in private security and has an assignment that could use an inside man, which equates to someone entering a dangerous situation in an undercover capacity to gather information.

The same day that Steve visits Sam, he is killed by two thugs --- an apparent assassination. Sam witnesses the crime and chases the two murderers down, killing one and putting the other in a coma. He then pursues the mystery woman named Cori --- short for Cordelia --- to whom Steve had introduced him. The assignment they spoke about involved Cori's wealthy family, the Varelas, who are based in San Juan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
With the latest entry in the popular Sam Capra series we find Sam’s life quiet and uneventful for a change. He’s running a Miami bar, not making much but enough to get by and that’s fine by him.....until the rainy night when his good friend Steve Robles is shot to death just outside the bar immediately following a meeting with a beautiful woman. It had been obvious to Sam that Steve was trying to protect her, but who is she and why?

Sam is in Steve’s debt so the question becomes life or duty? No hesitating on Sam’s part - he’s seen the killers’ car zoom off and he goes after them, placing his life on the line. Before long Sam finds the woman - she is mega wealthy Cordelia Varela, heiress to a shipping fortune. Head of the family Rey Varela is verging on incompetence yet still able to play his three children against each other - in addition to Cordelia there is son Galo whose gods are money and power and stepdaughter Zhanna who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

In order to help the frightened Cordelia Sam insinuates himself into the Varela’s luxe Puerto Rico compound where he soon discovers the family business is not all what it seems. That discovery and the uncovering of other family secrets may cost him his life as now the Varelas cannot possibly let him live. Thus begins a series of plot twists that will leave readers gasping as Sam fights against insurmountable odds including a minefield, a maximum security prison as well as countless guns aimed in his direction.

Author Abbott has pulled out all the stops with Inside Man, the fourth in his Sam Capra series, leaving readers wanting more.

- Gail Cooke
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