By Noah Boyd

Ex-FBI agent Steve Vail navigates a maze of hidden codes and brain-teasing puzzles to stick scorching 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 remedy an excellent extortion plot. It was once 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 might 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 an inventory of american citizens who're promoting personal details to the Russian SVR. In trade for the record, he's soliciting for 1 / 4 of 1000000 funds 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 came upon what Calculus is as much as, most likely have entry to his record, and should be looking 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 best guy, besides Kate Bannon, who will be anyone's first decide for assistance on an impossibly harmful 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 methods of his own.

Agent X is a heart-pounding thrill experience with an authenticity just a author who's an FBI veteran gives you, 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 return alongside in lots of years. Review

Noah Boyd on the right way to trap a Serial Killer

Mystery Readers,

Thought you may prefer to listen approximately my final case with the FBI.

The first 3 our bodies have been present in the deserted Monterey hotel in Highland Park, a small, as soon as prosperous urban surrounded by means of Detroit. however the public challenge didn’t succeed in complete pitch till 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 whilst tackling any challenge is seeking how to slice throughout the Gordian knot, a shortcut seeker’s foremost device. What I had realized by way of engaged on the golf green River Murders and learning different serial killings used to be to go looking 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 used to be any counsel that were known as in—a approach I had discovered in the course of my 3 months in Seattle. After an trade of burdened seems to be, one of many detectives acknowledged that he concept they have been within the 3rd flooring (long-abandoned) toilet. within a twisted, dusty submitting cupboard, i discovered a couple of hundred of them.

One have been known as in through a lady who have been raped after which seriously choked by way of a guy she knew merely as “Tony” sooner than she escaped by way of operating down a hectic road bare in the midst of the iciness. The attack had taken position within the basement of an deserted Howard Johnson’s eating place, which was once instantly adjoining to the Monterey lodge. Being an investigator of willing perception, it happened to me that Tony was once a person we wanted to find.

It being Detroit, the girl had used an alias to record the crime and “Tony” might become a nickname and not using a unmarried etymological connection to the killer’s actual identification. These—let’s name them—big urban idiosyncrasies, triggered a two-month hold up earlier than we have been in a position to arrest Benjamin Atkins and acquire a confession to eleventh homicides, besides a deliberate twelfth to have a good time his birthday in weeks.

--Noah Boyd

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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 challenge is sidelined via an pressing summons from the bureau: a Russian embassy staffer, code-named Calculus, is delivering to call americans feeding delicate details to Russian intelligence. yet no ahead of the bureau accepts the Russian’s phrases, he's lively off to Moscow, most likely to be tortured into admitting what he has performed. Steve and Kate needs to determine the moles and reel them in ahead of the Russians snuff them. yet sooner than which may take place, Vail needs to remedy the numerous puzzles that Calculus makes use of to hide details. mystery enthusiasts get an without end twisting plot strewn with chases, gun battles, and explosions. Calculus’ puzzles are enticing, 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 elements Sherlock Holmes and soiled Harry, traces credulity. now not as robust because the Bricklayer, yet lovers won’t are looking to hand over at the sequence but. --Thomas Gaughan

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She'd done it to him again . Pam went below, careful to hold on to the rails as she carried her backpack. She hadn't been wearing much. She reappeared in a few minutes wearing even less, short-shorts and a halter. no shoes, and perceptibly more relaxed. She had dancer's legs, Kelly noticed. slim and very feminine . Also very pale, which surprised him. The halter was loose on her. and frayed at the edges. Perhaps she'd recently lost weight, or maybe she'd deliberately bought it overlarge. Whatever the reason, it showed quite a bit of her chest.

They'd brought some 34 TOM CLANCY fish netting. which he wrapped around the body before dumping it in the water behind their small motorboat. A cautious man. Eddie looked around. but there wasn t much danger of intruders here. He motored off until he found a likely spot a few hundred yards off. then stopped and drifted while he lifted a few concrete blocks from the boat and tied them to the netting. Six were enough to sink Angelo about eight feet to the bottom . The water was pretty clear here.

Kelly fished out another beer from his cooler for the doctor and another for him­ self. " Kelly asked with a smile, each man sizing up the other, each liking what he saw. Rosen shrugged and grunted eloquently. "Tense. " Kelly finished his beer. 'T d rather be shooting back. " He headed aft and picked up her backpack. Rosen 48 TOM CLANCY was already on the quay, and Kelly tossed the backpack across . Rosen looked too late, missed the catch, and the pack landed on the concrete. Some contents spilled out, and from twenty feet away, Kelly immediately saw what was wrong even before the doctor's head turned to look at him .

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