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The villain is a classic spy caricature: cold-war CIA super-patriot Robert Thornhill wants to reclaim the glory days of the Central Intelligence Agency--when money flowed like the Mississippi during a flood, and the FBI watched helplessly from the sidelines. Working from his secret underground bunker, he blackmails Danny Buchanan, one of the great Washington lobbyists, to front an enormous bribery scheme that will force Congress to bend to the CIA's whims. But Thornhill's plan springs a leak: Buchanan's assistant Faith Lockhart discovers her boss's dirty dealings, and she intends to expose the whole mess to Thornhill's nemesis, the FBI. Thornhill's associates attempt to assassinate Faith, but their bullet kills her FBI escort instead. Faith finds herself on the run with Lee Adams, a fit-and-trim PI who had been shadowing her at the behest of Buchanan.
If all this sounds a bit confusing, it is at times. Baldacci works hard to keep the tension steadily rising, but it is sometimes difficult to remember why Faith and Lee can't just stop running and go for help. Nevertheless, they are very likable heroes, and Baldacci's depiction of the world of lobbyists and the internecine warfare of the FBI and CIA (complete with state-of-the-art spy gadgets and transmission-proof chambers) elevates the novel with details that can come only from careful research. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This was one of my very favorite books by David Baldacci. Faith was a good character and she really had me rooting for her. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Emmella Walker
makes you not want to stop reading. somedays i stayed up late just to keep reasing. thats good!!Published 9 days ago by James E Waldron Sr
I am never disappointed when I read one of Baldacci's stories and this story was more impressive. What I like most of all is the character build, good dialogue and outstanding... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Bobbi Gibson
I am a big fan of Baldacci, I always get my books as audio-CD to fill my commute time. I've enjoyed dozens of books on CD. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Moto-Mike NH
Badalacci......................a great story teller. one of my favoritesPublished 18 days ago by Vito D'Alessandro
This was great. Enjoyed it very much when read as paperback when it first came out. My Kindle 2 version was screwed up by page ,malfunctions and not enjoyable.Published 27 days ago by Tom Goodrick