Why did this book receive an Agatha Award? This is certainly not great writing. I can think of many writers whose least effort outclasses this work- Colin Dexter, Ross MacDonald, Agatha Chrtistie, Josephine Tey, Raymond Chandler, Len Deighton, John Le Carre, just to name a few. The characters are transparent and the plot is predictable once the author reveals her (all too obvious) political bias. I only bought this book because it won the award. What a disappointment! What a betrayal! Now I have to question the integrity of the Agatha Awards. Are the awards about good literature or is there another agenda being advanced?