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Original Sin: A Sally Sin Adventure Hardcover – July 12, 2011
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"Smart, sassy, sexy Sally Sin is an absolute delight of a heroine whom I predict will be around delighting readers for a very long time. And her first adventure, Original Sin, is pure entertainment gold."
--John Lescroart, author of the New York Times bestselling Dismas Hardy novels
"Smart, sassy, sexy Sally Sin is an absolute delight of a heroine whom I predict will be around delighting readers for a very long time. And her first adventure, Original Sin, is pure entertainment gold."―John Lescroart, author of the New York Times bestselling Dismas Hardy novels
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After falling in love and making a quick exit from her nine-year career in the USAWMD (United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction), ex-spy Sally Sin does her best to become Lucy Hamilton, a stay-at-home mom in San Francisco. No one, not even her adoring husband Will, knows about her secret agent escapades--chasing evil masterminds through perilous jungles, escaping assassins, and playing dangerous games of cat and mouse with her old nemesis, Ian Blackford, a notorious and dashing illegal arms dealer.
In her new life as Lucy Hamilton, she squeezes inside forts crafted from couch cushions by her three-year-old son Theo, makes organic applesauce, and frequents the zoo. But sometimes her well-honed spy reflexes refuse to lay low. She can't help breaking into her own house to check on the babysitter or stop herself from tossing the yoga instructor who gets on her nerves. And when Ian Blackford, who is supposed to be dead, once again starts causing trouble for the USAWMD, the agency becomes desperate to get Sally back on the job.
How can Sally or Lucy or whatever her name is save the planet while at the same time keeping her own family's world from spinning out of control? Pick up your copy today and find out how messy modern parenting really can be!
Every bit as much fun as a spy-mom thriller ought to be, Original Sin is a fast-paced mystery with a dose of romantic tension to keep things lively. A great read for mothers and spies, and anyone who has ever dreamed of being either.
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The agency is the WOMD: U.S. Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction. They're the ones who are off trying to track WMD while the NSA spies on you (in an entirely fictitious agency way). Lucy has been out of the life for over four years when bad news interrupts her playtime at the park with Theo. Her old nemesis, Ian Blackford, who's supposed to be dead, isn't. And he's looking for her. Lucy's rusty, but she has to get back into being Sally Sin, her agency boss' nickname for her, quickly.
She doesn't want to go back to Sally Sin, but it's getting harder to keep secrets from Will. And the other parents at the playground.
I was pleasantly surprised with "Original Sin". I thought the book would be formulaic and goofy. It is goofy, but the writing, though basic, has lots of humor and settings and characters well drawn. It made me think of the TV show "Get Smart", which is a favorite oldie in our house.
Here's Lucy/Sally remembering a conversation with her old Agency boss:
I always believed that I was good at my job, not a superhero but good enough. Whenever I asked Simon for feedback about my performance, his annoyance was palpable.
"You're alive, aren't you?" he'd say. "Now take Jacob. Jacob is not good at his job."
"Jacob is dead, sir."
"See what I'm getting at?"
[Which reminds me of another classic comedy, the movie, "The InLaws". Peter Falk explains the joys of working for the CIA to Alan Arkin: "Staying alive. That's the key to the benefits program."]
That's the type of humor that keeps "Original Sin" light and enjoyable. And like "Get Smart", it's not very realistic. But it is more fun than I thought it would be. because it is not trying to be realistic. 3.4 stars rounded to 3 = "It's OK".
I found this book kind of exciting as I learned about Sally Sin's past and how it's come to creep its way into her so-called normal life. The book is easy to get into and fun to read. The past and present is woven together with several of the characters. The pace keeps moving with enough information about the characters to keep you satisfied but still leaving some mystery.
I'm really looking forward to this series. Her next book, To Sin Again, is due out next summer. It's a perfect summer read.
But Sally's past comes back as a former nemesis is stalking her now happy little family. Well, sort of happy. Sally/Lucy can't stop being that spy - she stakes out the preschool when Theo is inside and worries that every stranger's glance is a blast from the past. And then Simon Still, her old handler tells her that her services are needed again to flush out a rogue former member of the USAWMD who went bad, but who has a soft spot for Sally.
McMullen's writing is always witty, often funny and page turningly effective. Sally/Lucy is comically real, with flaws and foibles we can identify with. She adores her family and wants to keep the past hidden. There is a back story about her own past that is hinted at but not fully revealed. There are clearly more books to come.
Clearly escapism - and wonderfully so. Highly recommend.