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The villain is a classic spy caricature: cold-war CIA super-patriot Robert Thornhill wants to reclaim the glory days of the Central Intelligence Agency--when money flowed like the Mississippi during a flood, and the FBI watched helplessly from the sidelines. Working from his secret underground bunker, he blackmails Danny Buchanan, one of the great Washington lobbyists, to front an enormous bribery scheme that will force Congress to bend to the CIA's whims. But Thornhill's plan springs a leak: Buchanan's assistant Faith Lockhart discovers her boss's dirty dealings, and she intends to expose the whole mess to Thornhill's nemesis, the FBI. Thornhill's associates attempt to assassinate Faith, but their bullet kills her FBI escort instead. Faith finds herself on the run with Lee Adams, a fit-and-trim PI who had been shadowing her at the behest of Buchanan.
If all this sounds a bit confusing, it is at times. Baldacci works hard to keep the tension steadily rising, but it is sometimes difficult to remember why Faith and Lee can't just stop running and go for help. Nevertheless, they are very likable heroes, and Baldacci's depiction of the world of lobbyists and the internecine warfare of the FBI and CIA (complete with state-of-the-art spy gadgets and transmission-proof chambers) elevates the novel with details that can come only from careful research. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I'M NOT SO thrilled with this story. Parts were nearly stagnant. The write-up about the lobbying, and the machinations of the political scene were not interest inspiring, as far as... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sylabuss
Always enjoy David's books Keep writing. I'm running out if his books to read. Then what do I do. Thanks for all the good memoriesPublished 11 months ago by Marilynn Bullock
Well presented, good plot, nice character development. Baldacci continues his quality writing style with his attention to detail and fast moving plots. EnjoyPublished 11 months ago by diggs
I'm new to Baldacci and the title almost kept me from picking it up. I'm glad I did. This is a fast paced thriller with plenty of action and suspense. Read morePublished on June 12 2011 by J Reader
Ouch, thats a pretty bad title but I paid a whopping 8 bucks or so for this alleged thriller and was determined to finish it. Read morePublished on May 6 2004
Not my favourite Baldacci, but still exciting and a page-turner. I didn't feel as close to these characters as I have in his other books. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by Emily