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Bloodmoney : a novel, David Ignatius

Bloodmoney : a novel
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David Ignatius
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Blood money
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a novel of espionage
A young CIA officer, Sophie Marx, must discover who is killing the members of a new CIA intelligence unit in Pakistan and begins her search at a London hedge fund that has been providing cover for the secret operation
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  • /* Starred Review */ An aggressive new unit of the CIA, reporting only to the White House, is created to do what its discredited parent agency can’t—buy peace in Pakistan’s tribal areas. Even better, it is self-funding. It feeds economically sensitive intelligence to a London hedge fund and rakes off the lion’s share of the profits, thereby rendering itself completely invisible to Congress and the public. But then the unit’s field operatives begin to die, and Sophie Marx, head of counterintelligence, is assigned to plug the leak. Sophie quickly finds herself in peril and in an uneasy alliance with the head of Pakistani intelligence, who also wonders how one group of Pakistani fighters has breached seemingly unbreachable U.S. security. After a quarter-century of journalistic writing about the CIA and the Middle East, Washington Post columnist Ignatius is now better known as a novelist (The Increment, 2009; Body of Lies, 2007), and Bloodmoney will only enhance this recognition. In addition to being a solid page-turner, it offers intriguing characters, a complicated but skillfully explicated plot and a nuanced view of Pashtun tribal culture often at odds with the larger Punjabi population. And as with all of Ignatius’ fiction, readers attuned to current events may wonder if he knows things most Americans don’t. Ignatius denies this in the acknowledgments, but the tease is part of the appeal. -- Gaughan, Thomas (Reviewed 05-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 17, p14)
  • Foreign intrigue specialist Ignatius (The Increment) continues his fictional trek through terrorist hot spots with this timely thriller about the CIA's bungling attempts to influence Pakistan's shaky, insecure leadership. Sophie Marx, an agent hungry to return to the field after a high-level but boring desk job, works for a new intelligence unit disguised as a Los Angeles record company, Hit Parade, whose undercover focus is to control Pakistani organized terrorist cells through bribery. It's not working. Not only are the terrorist attacks continuing but CIA agents delivering the bribes are being murdered. To make matters worse, Hit Parade's secret funding source—a highly illegal strategy to skim money from the world's financial markets—is rapidly becoming public knowledge. Ignatius, a Washington Post columnist, is especially good at capturing the work environment at the CIA, where petty bickering, one-upmanship, and moral lapses often get in the way of sound policy. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 4, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 14, p)
  • Action junkie Sophie Marx works for a secret CIA unit formed after 9/11 to avoid the sclerotic Langley headquarters. Suddenly, four agents are assassinated, and her job is to find and plug the leaks. She goes deep into suspicious territory to discern the facts from the careful camouflage. To her horror, she learns that her own side is rotten with deceit as her boss is using the powerful instruments of modern finance in London to fund the alternative unit. Unbeknownst to anyone, a Pakistani professor bent on revenge for the drone-caused deaths of his family had penetrated the electronic defenses and killed the vulnerable agents. VERDICT Ignatius leverages a colorful cast of fresh characters and the mystique of the Internet to weave a compulsively readable story about the profound hostilities in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The author's eighth novel (The Increment; Body of Lies ) is essential for all active readers of spy thrillers and suspense and will leave them happily hungry for the ninth one. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/10.]— Barbara Conaty, Falls Church, VA --Barbara Conaty (Reviewed March 15, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 5, p108)
  • /* Starred Review */ Ignatius (The Increment, 2009, etc.) continues his series of top-notch CIA thrillers with this fast-paced new entry. CIA field agent Sophie Marx recently returned from an overseas assignment where she narrowly escaped being killed. Now Sophie's working in a special off-the-books project run by the dangerous but capable Jeff Gertz. Gertz alone knows the full story behind the Hit Parade, a separate, untraceable operation of the CIA that is hidden in Los Angeles behind the façade of an entertainment company. From this seemingly innocuous office, Gertz runs operatives all over the world whose jobs, it appears, are to bring assets into the fold. But then something goes wrong, and those operatives start dying. One by one, the Hit Parade is losing some of its best agents to an unknown threat and Gertz, who never lets anyone see him sweat, decides that Sophie, his newly named chief of counterintelligence, is exactly the right person to keep his boss at the CIA and the White House off his back. When Sophie heads out to investigate, she finds much more than she anticipated. A longtime contributor to the Washington Post, where he has covered both the CIA and the Middle East, Ignatius writes with authority and skill about a shadow world in which nothing is as it seems and money is power. This may be fiction, but in the end the reader will be struck by how feasible the story really is. A terrific, believable novel about the intersection of politics, ethics and finance.(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2011)
Ignatius, David
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  • United States
  • Intelligence officers
  • Women intelligence officers
  • Deception
  • Revenge
  • Retribution
  • Enemies
  • Conspiracies
  • Choice (Psychology)
  • Conduct of life
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Pakistan
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Bloodmoney : a novel, David Ignatius
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