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Spy Rules Paperback – March 21, 2013
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From the Author
This is a different kind of a thriller. Bound up in the pursuit of the bad guys is a romance between a couple of people with a pile of attitude. Ross and Tori are the Nick and Nora of their generation. It's also a tribute to New York, a city where anything can happen. And isn't that what makes life exciting? Finally, it's about the gray that provides the natural shade of the world. Good guys with a touch of sinister. Bad guys with a random moral twitch. As far as the Washington conspiracy element, a deep bow to Fletcher Knebel, one of my favorites, the author of edge-of-your-seat thrillers like Seven Days in May, Night of Camp David and Vanished.
About the Author
Lew Serviss is an editor at The New York Times and a contributor to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Serviss lives in Upper Manhattan with his wife, the writer Naomi Serviss.
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I got through this first exciting chapter, and went to the next chapter we were back in New York City for one chapter then it went back to South America again. One can't really tell what the hell is going on and what the whole plot to
this book maybe. I think this author needs to stick to writing for the newspaper and forgo writing books.
What I liked about it particularly is how the prose is clear and vivid, avoiding the twin traps of being cliched or overly mannered, and the undercurrent of sly, gentle humor: the writing seems to acknowledge the frequent absurdity of the thriller/detective genre and has fun with it, but never in a mean-spirited way. This might work against it in the suspense department: I felt certain as I was reading it that nothing really bad would ever happen to our detective hero -- and I was right, nothing ever does, though lots of other people get whacked, including some you don't expect. So it doesn't have the cliff-hanging, throat-grabbing suspense found in some novels of this type (ok, I have read a few of them), but it nonetheless had a quality that made me keep reading. I think the enjoyment of the puzzle was part of it, and liking the main character and his sidekick, wanting them to succeed.