I’ve often wondered whether someone grows up with the ambition to become a spy, or if a confluence of unexpected circumstances make the choice a fait accompli? On the other hand, perhaps it’s an innate restlessness that can only be sated by living on the edge. Clearly, one must have a penchant for deception to make a career out of spying. For it is lethal, ruthless, and, above all, cold. The consummate professional works alone. He is at home in the shadows because trust is a luxury a spy can ill-afford. Succumbing to emotions or forming attachments can only lead to distractions and fatal errors in judgment.
The risks are even greater for a defector because his existence is built on a tangled web of lies, divided loyalties, and, ultimately, betrayal. A defector lives on borrowed time. He’s constantly running, his nerves stretched Daniella Bernett taut by fear. But the past has a way of catching up with one at the least opportune moment.
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WHEN BLOOD RUNS COLD
Why is spying often referred to as a game? There is nothing remotely diverting about it.
Sounds of Suspense
Very Original Paperback Originals
While Bailey Cates’s Witches and Wedding Cake(Berkley, $7.99) is the ninth in her Magical Bakery series, it was the first for me, and I appreciated that I could slide into the narrative effortlessly.
What About Murder?
Reference Books Reviewed
RAYMOND CHANDLER & THE BRASHER DOUBLOON
Sometime in 1960, a friend’s enthusiasm for coin collecting proved contagious, and I began sorting through pocket change and noting dates and mint marks.
Reviewing the Independents
LOVE ON THE RUN
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It’s that enticing-yet-elusive hook that often draws readers back to a writer’s work. Sometimes it’s characters that compel.
Before Camilla Läckberg’s debut novel was published, the Swedish author devised an ambitious, yet workable marketing plan. Among other things, she would visit, if possible, every bookstore in the country to do book events, sign stock and meet and greet as many booksellers and readers as she could.
A MARY HIGGINS CLARK ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
It’s easiest to say she had magic. Anyone who has ever been in the room with Mary Higgins Clark understood there was some sort of aura around her, a force field of joy and delight, an authentic pleasure in being wherever she was. (If that wasn’t true, all the more brilliant. You would never have known it.)