Plame's career as a CIA operative was demolished after George W. Bush's White House blew her cover, but she's used her spy-worthy skills to craft an international thriller with Lovett, author of the Dr. Sylvia Strange series. Undercover CIA agent Vanessa Pierson wants to know who's in charge of building a nuclear weapon in Iran and how the identities of several sources have been unearthed, leading to their assassination. Certainly newsworthy.[Page 59]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Plame, the now ex-CIA agent notably exposed by the Bush II White House, mines her experience as an operative in this debut novel. She shines a bright light on illegal international arms trading to show how its tentacles reach deeply into the intelligence activities of the West's spymasters. Vanessa Pierson, a high-octane heroine who may remind you of Sara Paretsky's impulsive detective V.I. Warshawski and the intense Carrie Mathison of TV's Homeland, has an uncanny knack for reading faces to gauge how much trouble she is in. She's on the hunt for a notorious nuclear arms dealer before he can launch a deadly attack. There's a dangerous love interest that pushes the mercury to explosive levels and a backstory that neatly fleshes out Vanessa's motivation and ambition. VERDICT Be glad that the plot closes with a strong hint that Vanessa will return in future epic hunts for criminal masterminds. Between them, coauthors Lovett, the creator of forensic psychologist Dr. Sylvia Strange and five suspense novels (e.g., Dark Alchemy) and Plame, have delivered a tightly wound, vigorously deployed thriller echoing the real-life stories of CIA agents and their enemies. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/13; see the Q&A with the coauthors on p. 90.--Ed.]--Barbara Conaty, Falls Church, VA[Page 88]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Aided by Lovett (Dark Alchemy), former CIA agent Plame (Fair Game with Laura Rozen) makes her fiction debut with an able contemporary thriller centered on Iranian nukes. Plame's fictional alter ego, Vanessa Pierson, is waiting in a Vienna amusement park for a vital Iranian asset, Arash Farah, when she receives and ignores a text from headquarters to abort the rendezvous. Farah, who arrives late, reveals that he knows the location of an Iranian weapons facility, but before he can give exact details, a sniper shoots him dead. Finding herself in professional trouble after the murder, Vanessa gambles that Farah's widow can both escape to safety and help her identify the facility's geographical coordinates. Her willingness to take a creative approach to regulations extends to her personal life as well, making her a multifaceted maverick. Readers looking for a strong female lead will be rewarded. Author tour. Agents: Elyse Cheney, Elyse Cheney Literary (Plame); Theresa Park, Park Literary (Lovett). (Oct.)[Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC