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The last spymaster, Gayle Lynds

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The last spymaster
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The last spymaster
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Gayle Lynds
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eng
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Award
Library Journal Best Books, 2006.
Review
  • This classic espionage thriller from bestseller Lynds (The Coil ) strikes a perfect balance between the private lives of her characters and the blood and betrayal of their professional adventures. Jay Tice, the last spymaster of the title, sold out the CIA store to the Russians during the Cold War and is now serving a life sentence in a federal prison from which no one has ever escaped. When Tice does slip away, a gifted CIA hunter, Elaine Cunningham, tries to find out how and why. As Cunningham follows an intricate trail of death and deception, Lynds brings to vivid life parts of the Eastern U.S. (like North Carolina's Great Dismal Swamp) and a huge cast of supporting players. The liaison between Tice and a top female agent from the former East Germany points to the passion sadly missing from many of today's spy thrillers: "Tice and Raina had had a fiery but covert Cold War affair. That was the way people lived then. When sex, lust, love erupted between East and West, it was always forbidden and usually volcanic." Regional author tour. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 3, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 14, p38)
  • Like the fearsome plunge on a dangerous roller coaster, this thriller's denouement gets your heartbeat racing up to just short of tachycardia speed. Jay Tice, a legendary CIA spymaster recently exposed as a traitor, disappears from a prison cell. Petite agent Elaine Cunningham, whose résumé leads with her “hunter” credentials, sets out to bag him. While paying attention to the details of spycraft such as dazzling technogear, the novel benefits from some exploration of feelings and emotions besides the usual fear and terror. Apart from one plot lapse where Elaine is caught in a villain's clutches but inexplicably pops up free later, the plotting is satisfactorily convoluted in the best mole-within-a-mole tradition. Best of all for Washington, DC, junkies is the rich portrayal of the area. The action-packed story makes grand use of Baltimore Harbor and other fabled venues. Lynds (The Coil; Masquerade ) has added another jewel to her tiara as one of the reigning queens of the international spy-thriller genre. Strongly recommended for spy and suspense collections.—Barbara Conaty, Moscow --Barbara Conaty (Reviewed May 15, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 9, p89)
  • The tale of two unwanted spies' fight to foil a terrorist arms deal, Lynds's latest is almost as easy to read as it is to forget.One suspects that ex-CIA man Jay Tice has gotten a bad rap. After all, how else could so charming a devil find himself behind bars for life on treason charges? As it turns out, he has been charged unjustly (not so much framed as simply misunderstood), a fact that begins to trickle out after his daring escape from prison. Piecing together the puzzle that is Tice's past is one Elaine Cunningham—also CIA, and similarly, if not so dramatically, at odds with The Company. It's her job to find the mysterious Tice and bring him back to justice. Only, the more she learns, the more it seems that Tice just might be—gasp—one of the good guys. In fact, compared to weapons dealer Martin Ghranditti and any number of Cunningham's corrupt colleagues at the CIA, the man is something of a saint. Which is handy, because it's up to them, plus a few old comrades, to break up a terrorist plot that just might destabilize the world. "Trust no one" would make a fine tagline for this thriller, with government agents in bed with international criminals, CIA operatives selling off top-secret gadgets and old friends just as likely to stab one another in the back as they are to save each others' lives. Lynds (Mesmerized, 2001), the co-author of several books (The Altman Code, 2003, etc.) with the late Robert Ludlum, delivers a serviceable plot with all the gunplay, car chases, twists, turns and high-end intrigue one expects from such a thriller. Also on offer, though, are wafer-thin characters and clichd backstories—not to mention some of the worst aim ever exhibited by a band of supposedly trained killers.Solidly mediocre. (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2006)
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Lynds, Gayle
Dewey number
813/.54
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no index present
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novels
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  • United States
  • Intelligence officers
  • Traitors
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The last spymaster, Gayle Lynds
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"A novel"--Cover
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Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 400 pages
Isbn
9780312301590
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2006042223
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rdamedia
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9780312301590
Label
The last spymaster, Gayle Lynds
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A novel"--Cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 400 pages
Isbn
9780312301590
Lccn
2006042223
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780312301590

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