By Mary Louise Kelly
(Gallery Books, Hardcover, 9781476715544, 352pp.)
Publication Date: June 18, 2013
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An intriguing thriller from a former NPR correspondent about a young reporter who must match wits with spies, assassins and a terrorist sleeper cell targeting the very heart of American power.
“If, on an early summer’s night, you wanted to kill a man, how would you do it? Would you lay a trap, sharpen a dagger, uncork a poison?
Personally, I’ve always leaned toward the dramatic.
But looking back, I wonder now if the events of last summer didn’t begin with a quieter sort of murder.”
So ponders Alexandra James, a beautiful, driven, yet troubled New England Chronicle reporter. She is assigned to cover the death of Thom Carlyle, son of one of the most powerful men in Washington. Just back from a year abroad, Thom falls from the top of a Harvard bell tower on a warm summer night. Did he jump, or was he pushed? For Alex James, who can get in anywhere, sleep with anyone, out-drink and out-shop her demons, it is the story of a lifetime. As she chases leads from Harvard Yard to the courtyards of Cambridge, England, to a clandestine rendezvous in London, to the inside of a nuclear terrorist network...the intrigue seems to suit her.
But nothing is what it seems. When she arrives back in Washington, DC, for a key interview that promises to tie together the leads she has puzzled out, Alex the hunter becomes Alex the hunted. An assassin is dispatched...Her laptop disappears...Her phone is tapped...And she begins to grasp that Thom Carlyle may have been killed to hide a terrifying conspiracy within the White House itself. Former NPR Intelligence correspondent Mary Louise Kelly has turned her own real-life reporting adventures into fiction with this stylish spy thriller.
Mary Louise Kelly has spent two decades traveling the world as a reporter for NPR and the BBC. Her assignments have taken her from the Khyber Pass to mosques in Hamburg, and from smoke-filled Belfast bars to the deserts of Iraq. As NPR’s intelligence correspondent, she has reported on wars, terrorism, and rising nuclear powers. A Georgia native, her first job was working as a local political writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Kelly currently serves as a guest host for NPR’s news and talk programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She also teaches journalism and national security at Georgetown University. Educated at Harvard University and at Cambridge University in England, she lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and their two children.
As an NPR reporter, Mary Louise Kelly covered the CIA and the intelligence beat, traveling around the world and interviewing some of the world's foremost spies. Now, she's used that experience in a new career as a spy novelist. Her thriller, Anonymous Sources, has just been published. More at NPR.org
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“Kelly has mastered the mental geographies of the journalist,
the terrorist, and the spy: The competing ideals, the gritty reality, and
the layers of wisdom or self-deception they employ in reconciling them.
You won’t put this down.”
-Bob Grenier, former CIA Head of Counterterrorism and former CIA Station Chief in Pakistan
"Mary Louise Kelly blends the worlds she knows so well--Harvard, Cambridge, Washington, the news room and the American intelligence community--into a fast paced thriller that is hard to put down. The atmosphere rings true on every page as she weaves a taut tale from a young man's apparent suicide to a terrorist attempt at the highest seat of American power."
-Michael Hayden, former Director of the CIA
"In Mary Louise Kelly’s entertaining new novel, a smart, sexy reporter wanders into the midst of a truly scary terrorist plot. In the manner of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, Kelly’s heroine has to outfox the conspirators to escape. This book is great fun, from beginning to end."
-David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington Post and author of Bloodmoney
"A great spy thriller..I couldn't put it down. The plot's great and the details are delicious."
-Joel Brenner, Former Inspector General of the National Security Agency and author of America the Vulnerable
"An authentic view of the media, intelligence, and terrorism that is a real page turner. Kelly gets how the national security world really works."
-Richard A. Clarke, former White House Counterterrorism Chief and author of The Scorpion’s Gate
"One of the most genuinely chilling plots I’ve ever read. A scenario that will haunt anyone who’s ever read a newspaper. I couldn’t put this book down."
-Allison Leotta, author of Speak of the Devil