By Noah Boyd
Ex-FBI agent Steve Vail navigates a maze of hidden codes and brain-teasing puzzles to stick sizzling at the path of a band of Russian spies during this breathtaking follow-up to his New York Times bestselling debut, The Bricklayer.
FBI-agent-turned-bricklayer Steve Vail as soon as helped the FBI resolve a super extortion plot. It used to be imagined to be a one-and-done deal. but if he's in Washington, D.C., to determine Kate Bannon—an FBI assistant director—on what he thinks should be a romantic New Year's Eve date, all of sudden issues get advanced. The FBI has one other unsolvable challenge, and it has Vail's identify written in all places it.
A guy often called Calculus, an officer on the Russian embassy, has approached the FBI claiming that he has a listing of american citizens who're promoting exclusive details to the Russian SVR. In alternate for the record, he's requesting 1 / 4 of one million cash for every traitor the FBI apprehends. yet then Calculus informs the FBI that he has been quickly recalled to Moscow, and the Bureau suspects the worst: the Russians have found what Calculus is as much as, most likely have entry to his checklist, and should be searching the traitors to kill them except the FBI can locate them first.
The FBI realizes that it has to maintain the operation quiet. once more, Vail is the precise guy, besides Kate Bannon, who will be anyone's first decide for assistance on an impossibly risky case. yet discovering the traitors isn't going to be effortless. in reality, it's going to be downright lethal. And if the Bricklayer survives, he'll need to get a hold of a couple of tips of his own.
Agent X is a heart-pounding thrill journey with an authenticity just a author who's an FBI veteran offers, and Steve Vail—a guy Patricia Cornwell calls a "new American hero"—is one of many smartest, hardest, and such a lot compelling new characters to come back alongside in lots of years.
Noah Boyd on tips to trap a Serial Killer
Thought chances are you'll prefer to pay attention approximately my final case with the FBI.
The first 3 our bodies have been present in the deserted Monterey lodge in Highland Park, a small, as soon as prosperous urban surrounded via Detroit. however the public hindrance didn’t succeed in complete pitch until eventually the count number reached 8, all of the sufferers raped and strangled. That’s while i used to be referred to as in.
My first impulse while tackling any challenge is seeking the way to slice during the Gordian knot, a shortcut seeker’s premier instrument. What I had realized via engaged on the fairway River Murders and learning different serial killings was once to look for a surviving sufferer; it’s how Gary Ridgeway and Ted Bundy had either been caught.
The very first thing I requested for on the Highland Park PD was once any guidance that were known as in—a method I had realized in the course of my 3 months in Seattle. After an trade of harassed appears to be like, one of many detectives acknowledged that he concept they have been within the 3rd ground (long-abandoned) rest room. within a twisted, dusty submitting cupboard, i discovered a few hundred of them.
One were known as in by way of a girl who have been raped after which critically choked via a guy she knew in basic terms as “Tony” sooner than she escaped through working down a hectic highway bare in the midst of the iciness. The attack had taken position within the basement of an deserted Howard Johnson’s eating place, which used to be instantly adjoining to the Monterey inn. Being an investigator of willing perception, it happened to me that Tony used to be a person we wanted to find.
It being Detroit, the girl had used an alias to record the crime and “Tony” could change into a nickname with no unmarried etymological connection to the killer’s real identification. These—let’s name them—big urban idiosyncrasies, prompted a two-month hold up ahead of we have been in a position to arrest Benjamin Atkins and acquire a confession to eleventh homicides, in addition to a deliberate twelfth to have fun his birthday in weeks.
Steve Vail, as soon as an ace FBI agent, now a bricklayer (The Bricklayer, 2009), arrives in Washington to take Kate Bannon, the bureau’s assistant director, to an embassy soiree. yet his romantic venture is sidelined via an pressing summons from the bureau: a Russian embassy staffer, code-named Calculus, is delivering to call american citizens feeding delicate details to Russian intelligence. yet no ahead of the bureau accepts the Russian’s phrases, he's lively off to Moscow, possibly to be tortured into admitting what he has performed. Steve and Kate needs to establish the moles and reel them in prior to the Russians snuff them. yet ahead of which can take place, Vail needs to clear up the numerous puzzles that Calculus makes use of to hide info. mystery lovers get an ceaselessly twisting plot strewn with chases, gun battles, and explosions. Calculus’ puzzles are attractive, and the bureau’s procedural and bureaucratic thickets sound genuine. Cynics will benefit from the portrayal of all FBI directors as butt-covering careerists, yet Vail, equivalent components Sherlock Holmes and soiled Harry, lines credulity. now not as powerful because the Bricklayer, yet fanatics won’t are looking to quit at the sequence but. --Thomas Gaughan
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