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THE LAST SPYMASTER
by Gayle Lynds

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Espionage

2006 Contemporary Mystery Nominee

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Jay Tice, once a top CIA operative, is serving time
in a federal penitentiary for espionage. When he escapes, young operative Elaine Cunningham is assigned to find the elusive spy. But in a twisted set of circumstances, Elaine soon learns that she may be the target of an assassin. The body count rises, and her superiors suddenly seem untrustworthy.

Elaine and Jay join forces to uncover corruption at the highest levels. As they fight for their survival, they unearth a web of deceit involving black-market weapons deals to known terrorists. And Jay contemplates a reunion with former spy -- and ex-lover -- Raina Manhardt, with whom he shares his deepest secrets.

Lynds' first-rate espionage novel is gripping and intense as it spans the globe and covers the spy business from the Cold War-era to the present day. The characters are mesmerizing, as are their past adventures, which provide insight into their present conflicts. Jay and Elaine's attempts to elude their captors and uncover a high-level conspiracy is a never-ending, spine-tingling thrill ride that will keep readers glued to the pages. (Jun., 464 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: St. Martin's

Published: June 2006

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