Crown, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
thoroughly enjoyed Chris Pavone's
, so opened
with enthusiasm and wasn't disappointed. Though it is in no way a sequel, previous characters do have roles this time around too, in particular, ex-CIA operative Kate Moore, who now works off the books for veteran CIA spymaster Hayden Gray. And the latter is the spider scurrying around Europe and the United States, spinning a web of deception and death in
- and using the fortune that Kate's husband stole to do so.
t the core of the story is a major blot on the life and career of Charlie Wolfe, a media mogul with a long secret history of CIA involvement, and with political ambitions. It seems that the best friend, who shared in what happened, profited from it, and kept it secret, has had second thoughts. He's carefully laid his plans, pretended to be dying of cancer, and hidden himself away in Europe to write an explosive memoir, written by
. And he's sent this very dangerous document to New York literary agent Isabel Reed, whose life was blighted by the loss of her beloved small son Tommy. Why her? She wonders and the reader does too.
uthor Chris Pavone, a long-time book editor, clearly knows his way around the publishing world and portrays its interworkings here, blemishes and all. He traces the movements of various copies of the manuscript through that world, each of them followed by agents of Hayden Gray, dealing out
death to all involved. What is Gray's motivation? You need to read to the very end to find out and it's a humdinger. If you enjoyed
, you'll also love
- both are surprising, exciting, filled with action and betrayals, and often told tongue in cheek; neither is to be missed.
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