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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.
An early Baldacci book, written in a similar style to later issues. Not quite up to later works but an interesting book.Published 16 hours ago by SteveB
Good read!! Typical Baldacci. Good story line and interesting and believable characters. Looking forward to his next publication with anticipation.Published 5 days ago by Peter
Insightful shocking thrilling story with interesting characters and unexpected developments clever story outline and gripping events very realistic
This book makes me want to read other David Baldacci books. Good plot, action, romance. What more could you ask for?Published 16 days ago by timeforchange
A different type of read from Baldacci but just as intense and powerful as the others. I couldn't put it down and when I did, it was all I could think of before picking it back... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Wayne D. Terry