Kyle West worked for a government contractor, and when things went horribly wrong, his boss ended up testifying before Congress, and West had to go into hiding in Cambodia. Now Julian Robinson needs to sneak into Africa to finalize a deal, and after he realizes how similar he looks to West, the pair agree to switch passports. When West says yes, all hell begins, with Russians, Chinese, the CIA, and a contract killer on his tail. Getting out of Cambodia free seemed too good to be true, and, alas, it was, as West is plunged into a vast conspiracy that makes why he was hiding in the first place pale in comparison. Unfortunately, the tantalizing premise proves difficult to swallow, mainly because West is a bumbling, ineffectual hero who relies on others to get by. The villain is not only stronger but also more interesting. The ambiguous ending doesn’t help, either. Nice premise, some suspense along the way, but overall a not particularly compelling take on the man-wrongly-accused theme. Coauthor Guggenheim wrote the script for the hit film Safe House. --Jeff Ayers
"[A] freewheeling thriller [with] Graham Greene-ish erudition and atmosphere."—New York Times Book Review
"[An] excellent first novel . . . The authors have their fingers on the pulse of contemporary life . . . The rare suspense novel that will genuinely surprise jaded genre readers."
—Publishers Weekly (starred)
"Applying postmodern polish to the foreign intrigue of Graham Greene and Eric Ambler, [it] leaves an imprint with its lively cast of characters, pungent locale and dizzy plotting."—Kirkus Reviews
Acclaim for SAFE HOUSE, written by David Guggenheim:
"A hectic plot, a huge body-count and pulse-quickening tension."—USA Today