A Shadow Intelligence

Oliver Harris. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25 (368p) ISBN 978-0-358-20665-1
This dark, convoluted spy thriller from Harris (the Nick Belsey detective series) takes MI6 operative Elliot Kane, who has spent most of his career in the Middle East running missions that rarely appear on the public radar, to the sprawling former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan, where agent Joanna Lake, a colleague and lover, has gone missing. What he believes will be a simple search in the capitol city of Astana quickly disintegrates into a messy endeavor involving oil companies, private security firms, corrupt politics, and psychological warfare. His undercover quest forces Kane, who’s schooled in personal deception and secrecy, to reveal what he values most: his identity as an MI6 agent. Stunning bursts of violence, restrained glimpses into the world of spycraft, and lean, savvy dialogue, however, are all too often lost amid complex plot twists and an ever-increasing cast. A deflating ending doesn’t help. Still, Harris shows enough potential to suggest he can more than hold his own in the espionage genre. Agent: Grainne Fox, Fletcher & Co. (Apr.)
Reviewed on : 01/23/2020
Release date: 04/14/2020
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Book - 978-0-358-17189-8
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