I noticed this book on a list of best thrillers of the year and decided to read it. I'm glad I did.
Austin Clay is a CIA operative whose actions are so clandestine that only he and his handler know of his operations. In this case, he's told that a CIA agent, Blake Nelson, is missing in Russia. If Clay can't find him and get him out, he is to eliminate Blake so the Russians can't get the info he knows.
While researching the case, he learns that a young Hungarian girl, working as a nanny for an ambitious Russian official, learned many state secrets during pillow talk with the official. The official is now dead and Russian agents are looking for the girl. It is possible that Nelson was on his way to see her when he disappeared.
The story plays out at a breakneck pace. Both Clay and the Russian agents are after the girl and the race is to find her first.
The action scenes are very realistic and Clay is believable, someone the reader can relate to and imagine they would like to emulate.
This is an exceptional novel!
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