Gallery Books, Paperback, 9781476715551, 345pp.
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
When Boston reporter Alexandra James is assigned to cover the death of Thom Carlyle, the son of a powerful Washington insider, she soon discovers the story is not as simple as it seems. The young man fell from the top of a Harvard bell tower, but did he jump or was he pushed?
Intent on escaping the demons of her past, Alex knows how to outwork, outdrink, and outshop anyone else around. Now she is focused on what could be the story of a lifetime chasing leads from Harvard Yard to the courtyards of Cambridge, England, from a clandestine rendezvous in London to the inside of a nuclear terrorist network. But when she goes to Washington, DC, for a key interview that promises to tie everything together, 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.
“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
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
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
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
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
-Allison Leotta, author of Speak of the Devil