By Noah Boyd
Ex-FBI agent Steve Vail navigates a maze of hidden codes and brain-teasing puzzles to stick scorching at the path of a band of Russian spies during this breathtaking follow-up to his New York Times bestselling debut, The Bricklayer.
FBI-agent-turned-bricklayer Steve Vail as soon as helped the FBI clear up an excellent extortion plot. It used to be purported to be a one-and-done deal. but if he's in Washington, D.C., to work out Kate Bannon—an FBI assistant director—on what he thinks could be a romantic New Year's Eve date, abruptly issues get advanced. The FBI has one other unsolvable challenge, and it has Vail's identify written in all places it.
A guy often called Calculus, an officer on the Russian embassy, has approached the FBI claiming that he has an inventory of american citizens who're promoting private info to the Russian SVR. In trade for the checklist, he's soliciting for 1 / 4 of 1000000 cash for every traitor the FBI apprehends. yet then Calculus informs the FBI that he has been rapidly recalled to Moscow, and the Bureau suspects the worst: the Russians have stumbled on what Calculus is as much as, most likely have entry to his record, and should be looking the traitors to kill them except the FBI can locate them first.
The FBI realizes that it has to maintain the operation quiet. once more, Vail is the appropriate guy, besides Kate Bannon, who will be anyone's first choose for assistance on an impossibly harmful case. yet discovering the traitors isn't going to be effortless. actually, it's going to be downright lethal. And if the Bricklayer survives, he'll need to get a hold of a number of methods of his own.
Agent X is a heart-pounding thrill journey with an authenticity just a author who's an FBI veteran supplies, and Steve Vail—a guy Patricia Cornwell calls a "new American hero"—is one of many smartest, hardest, and such a lot compelling new characters to return alongside in lots of years.
Noah Boyd on tips to capture a Serial Killer
Thought you could prefer to pay attention approximately my final case with the FBI.
The first 3 our bodies have been present in the deserted Monterey hotel in Highland Park, a small, as soon as prosperous urban surrounded by way of Detroit. however the public main issue didn’t succeed in complete pitch until eventually the count number reached 8, the entire sufferers raped and strangled. That’s whilst i used to be referred to as in.
My first impulse whilst tackling any challenge is seeking the way to slice throughout the Gordian knot, a shortcut seeker’s most fulfilling instrument. What I had discovered through engaged on the golf green River Murders and learning different serial killings used to be to look for a surviving sufferer; it’s how Gary Ridgeway and Ted Bundy had either been caught.
The very first thing I requested for on the Highland Park PD was once any counsel that were referred to as in—a strategy I had realized in the course of my 3 months in Seattle. After an alternate of harassed seems, one of many detectives acknowledged that he notion they have been within the 3rd flooring (long-abandoned) rest room. within a twisted, dusty submitting cupboard, i discovered a few hundred of them.
One have been referred to as in by way of a lady who have been raped after which seriously choked by means of a guy she knew basically as “Tony” sooner than she escaped via working down a hectic highway bare in the midst of the iciness. The attack had taken position within the basement of an deserted Howard Johnson’s eating place, which was once instantly adjoining to the Monterey inn. Being an investigator of prepared perception, it happened to me that Tony used to be someone we wanted to find.
It being Detroit, the lady had used an alias to document the crime and “Tony” may develop into a nickname with out a unmarried etymological connection to the killer’s actual identification. These—let’s name them—big urban idiosyncrasies, prompted a two-month hold up sooner than we have been in a position to arrest Benjamin Atkins and acquire a confession to eleventh homicides, besides a deliberate twelfth to have fun his birthday in weeks.
Steve Vail, as soon as an ace FBI agent, now a bricklayer (The Bricklayer, 2009), arrives in Washington to take Kate Bannon, the bureau’s assistant director, to an embassy soiree. yet his romantic venture is sidelined via an pressing summons from the bureau: a Russian embassy staffer, code-named Calculus, is supplying to call americans feeding delicate info to Russian intelligence. yet no prior to the bureau accepts the Russian’s phrases, he's lively off to Moscow, most likely to be tortured into admitting what he has performed. Steve and Kate needs to establish the moles and reel them in earlier than the Russians snuff them. yet sooner than which may occur, Vail needs to resolve the various puzzles that Calculus makes use of to hide info. mystery lovers get an eternally twisting plot strewn with chases, gun battles, and explosions. Calculus’ puzzles are enticing, and the bureau’s procedural and bureaucratic thickets sound actual. Cynics will benefit from the portrayal of all FBI directors as butt-covering careerists, yet Vail, equivalent elements Sherlock Holmes and soiled Harry, lines credulity. now not as powerful because the Bricklayer, yet fanatics won’t are looking to hand over at the sequence but. --Thomas Gaughan
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