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THE SPY WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense
A master of action-suspense, Morrell tells an electrifying yet simple tale of violence, conscience and the spirit of the season. It's a page-turning skid past a renowned tourist attraction into a murky world where life or death is the only guaranteed outcome.
It's Christmas in Santa Fe, and as tourists and townies enjoy the amazing light displays of Canyon Road, undercover agent Paul Kagan is carrying precious cargo -- a baby who could affect world peace --- while he flees the members of the Russian mafia he's double-crossed. Along the way, wounded and desperate, Kagan takes refuge with an abused wife and her son who have been stranded with no means of communication or way to flee their own horror.
They're surrounded by men who will stop at nothing to complete their mission and kill all who stand in their way. In the true spirit of the season, they stand together to save a baby and, if they're lucky, themselves. (Vanguard, Nov., 220 pp., $15.95)
Reviewed By: Pat Cooper
Published: November 2008