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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.
I started reading David Baldacci's years ago but had missed this one. It is every bit as thrilling and suspenseful as any of the other ones I have read.Published 3 days ago by vicki l maddux
I enjoyed this series so much I am reading it a second time. It keeps your interest from beginning to ending.Published 4 days ago by Jean B. Jaynes
I did not think that this was one of the best that David Baldacci has written. The other stories by Mr. Baldacci that I have read have been more spell binding and intense.Published 17 days ago by Cynthia J. Bennett
Makes me sad that so much of it goes without the knowledge of how routine it is. We are oblivious and wonder if they don't worry about it.
Thanks for another page Turner.
Interesting chAracters, lots of action, a page Turner. Super read for a long plane ride. The author pulls you in to political Washington and it is quite a ride.Published 20 days ago by jo-Ann
This book kept me on the edge the whole time. A great read for anyone who likes David Baldacci booksPublished 23 days ago by Catherine Johnson-Landers