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Liars & Thieves: A Novel (Tommy Carmellini) Kindle Edition

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Readers accustomed to having series hero Jake Grafton save the world every year (Liberty; Cuba; etc.) may be disappointed to learn he's retiredâ€"but they won't fret for long. Former Grafton sidekick Tommy Carmellini, ex-burglar and CIA operative, has been promoted to star in what's sure to be another excellent, long-lived series. Tommy is hanging out with partner Willie the Wire when ex-girlfriend Dorsey O'Shea turns up asking favors: will Tommy break into a house and retrieve some sex tapes in which she has unwittingly participated? No problemâ€"he hands the tapes over and dismisses Dorsey from his mind. Several months later, the CIA sends him to a West Virginia safe house where Russian defector Mikhail Goncharov is being debriefedâ€"and there, Tommy stumbles into a full-blown massacre. He kills a couple of attackers, rescues a woman, beats a retreat and quickly finds himself in spy hell: out in the cold, accused, alone, hunted by friend and foe alike. As the plot snowballs, it accumulates characters both good and bad: Goncharov has escaped the safe house but has amnesia; Dorsey returns; deadly assassins try to kill Tommy; and evil politicians scheme. (One of them, a woman, is determined to become president of the United States, no matter what: "Give me four years to line up support and be seen by the public and I could beat Jesus Christ in the next election.") Tommy is smart, brave, skilled and possessed of enough self-deprecating, wisecracking wit to endear him to readers. Jake Grafton makes an appearance to help save the day, but Tommy proves himself more than capable of saving the world on his own.
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Readers first met Tommy Carmellini, an ex-burglar and CIA agent, in the Jake Grafton novel Cuba (1999). He usually works overseas, breaking and entering for Uncle Sam, planting bugs, stealing documents, "that kind of thing." Now in Coonts' nineteenth novel (for those readers who are still counting), Carmellini replaces Grafton as the hero-protagonist who is^B out to save the world. It involves the usual gorgeous woman; this one is being blackmailed and wants Carmellini, her former lover, to get some incriminating videotapes that a later boyfriend had made when they were dating. The plot also involves a massacre at a CIA safe house, an illegal break-in, and secret KGB files. Like other of Coonts' heroes, Carmellini faces all sorts of dangers as he seeks to solve the case. As in the previous books, adroit dialogue abounds (for instance, "I was dripping wet with perspiration. If they didn't hear me coming, they would smell me"). Predictably, the hero outwits the bad guys, and, predictably, this latest Coonts tale will hit the best-seller lists. And, predictably, librarians should purchase multiple copies. George Cohen
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 774 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (May 11 2004)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003HOXLW0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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Format: Hardcover
Liars and Thieves is something new for Stephen Coonts, a chilling suspense story that will keep you turning pages! Tommy Carmellini is a CIA agent who will get the job done no matter what it takes. He uncovers a conspiracy that involves the highest levels of the goverment. The action and violence is non-stop as Tommy trys to navigate his way through the mystery, and telling friend from foe is not always easy. The book reminded me of the best Ludlum (think Bourne Supremacy).
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It's as interesting as enjoyable when a successful author branches his characters out. Naturally, 'if done well' is the caveat.
Mr. Coonts does an admirable job here making the young, wisecracking Tommy Carmellini the bedrock about which to build "Liars and Thieves." Kind of like an offshoot of successful television series in the '70's, Michael Connelly did this with the Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb books.
This is a pretty good story reminiscent of a great old movie, "3 Days of the Condor," where a CIA agent returns from buying coffee and donuts for his colleagues in a 'safehouse' (in the Robert Redford role) only to find every one of his colleagues has been murdered in the 15 minutes he was on the 'donut run.'
Here Tommy Carmellini is assigned guard duty at a CIA safe house only to stumble upon the killing of all of the occupants. The story starts off with a bang along with the natural, "why?'
That Mr. Coonts keeps this from us for several hundred pages is a pretty good indication of the level of his skill. As I read along getting into the 300's, I still wasn't certain how he was going to tie it all together. Really, quite an interesting read that is a good mystery/airplane/train/beach/summertime novel.
Detracting from it were little oddities that I found . . .well, odd. It seems believable that the CIA would hire ex-felons to do their undercover/confidential informant work. I have trouble believing they would hire two of them and put them on the weekly payrole in their own offices inside the CIA castle.
Secondly, for a guy who professes love for a former colleague as much as Tommy does, he sure sleeps around a lot. I have no problem with that. It just seems Mr. Coonts is appealing to conflicting sides of individual natures.
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There just wasn't much left for Jake Grafton to do after his long run as Coonts' famous leading man in the ilk of Clancy's Jack Ryan. So lately, Coonts has trotted out Tommy Carmellini, an ex-CIA agent, to provide the thrills, with a now-retired Jake nearby to "help" with intelligence and a little muscle power during the second half of the book. The plot gets going in a hurry: when Tommy is assigned to help out at a CIA safe house, at which a Russian defector, complete with 7 cases of stolen files, is being debriefed, his introduction to that caper is discovering all the guards murdered and the house under attack. Carmellini saves one woman (an interpreter) but the Russian somehow escapes on his own, using long-honed survival skills to make it through some woods to the safety of an older farm couple who temporarily shelter him while he recovers. From then on this complex story unfolds with great intrigue as Carmellini must discover who he can trust and who he cannot, as it appears Americans are behind the attacks, possibly tracing back to highly placed political figures. A somewhat strange setting, the presidential nomination convention, concludes the story, where to no one's surprise, Carmellini wraps everything up quite nicely with just a little help from his friends.
Coonts always spins a suspenseful yard, and "Liars" is no exception. We're constantly kept guessing about which characters are on which side (good versus bad), and there's action galore as Carmellini fights for his own survival while trying his best to protect his colleagues and clientele. We agree with the several reviewers who found the wrapup a little far-fetched, but we were hooked long before then. We think Coonts' switch to Carmellini from Grafton will please most readers and leave them quite entertained. That's what it's all about!
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Stephen Coonts' latest novel, Liars & Thieves, is a reasonably good techo-espionage thriller set in the United States. Tommy Carmellini is a CIA agent who happens to stumble upon a CIA safehouse as a massacre is going down. The disturbing part is that the killers are most definitely from the US and look professional (either military or law enforcement). Carmellini is able to rescue one lady who is a Russian interpreter debriefing a Russian defector that was an archivist for the government and copied seven cases of materials over the years. The defector is able to escape on his own, but his age and failing memory leaves him in a state of confusion as to where he is and what's happening. The killers figure out who Carmellini is, and he (and anyone around him) is now a target of someone who appears to be high up in the government, and wants everything related to the defector (including the defector himself) eliminated to protect a secret. Carmellini enlists the help of Jake Grafton (a major character from earlier Coontz novels) to get to the bottom of the mystery and to stay alive.
I'd give this a higher rating if it weren't for a stretch before the final showdown takes place. Through the first half of the book, someone is after Carmellini is being hunted every time he turns around. Once he decides to go to New York to try a last effort to uncover the truth, he ends up being left alone for a number of days while he sets up survellience and listening bugs. Then at the end, he's conveniently a walking target again and nearly gets killed at every turn. The break just didn't seem to fit too well in the story flow. That fact notwithstanding, it's an entertaining read that will entertain you for awhile.
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