Dead Spy Running

Jon Stock, St. Martin's/Dunne, $25.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-312-64476-5
Veteran British newsman Stock (The Riot Act) fuses the cerebral complexity and cool prose of early le Carré with a tough, smart hero modeled on Jason Bourne in this excellent spy thriller, the first in a projected trilogy. Disgraced MI6 agent Daniel Marchant is running in the London Marathon with his girlfriend, Leila, also an MI6 agent, when he notices a South Asian man in the pack wearing a disguised suicide bomber's belt. When Marchant realizes they are near the American ambassador, another marathon runner, Marchant with Leila's aid does what he has to do to prevent the bombing. This act of bravery, unfortunately, leads to Marchant's falling under suspicion of being a terrorist himself. Foreign terrorists, an MI6 mole, and thugs aplenty populate the pages, but it is the ongoing war between the British and American spy agencies that's the inflammatory heart of this suspenseful, elegantly written novel. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 09/13/2010
Release date: 10/01/2010
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 314 pages - 978-0-00-730069-3
Open Ebook - 320 pages - 978-1-4299-4195-2
Hardcover - 471 pages - 978-1-4104-3454-8
Paperback - 373 pages - 978-0-00-735017-9
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