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In this exciting and “fast-paced thriller that is hard to put down” (Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA), a young reporter must match wits with spies, assassins, and a terrorist sleeper cell that is targeting the very heart of American power.

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?

Focused on what could be the story of a lifetime, Alex chases 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.

NPR National Security correspondent Mary Louise Kelly has turned her own real-life reporting adventures into fiction with this stylish spy thriller that is “great fun, from beginning to end” (The Washington Post).

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 22, 2013 – NPR and BBC reporter Kelly's debut thriller about a terrorist sleeper cell with its sights on American annihilation rings eerily prescient in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. The story begins with the mysterious death of Harvard graduate Thom Carlyle, who appears to have been shoved out of a window from the bell tower of the university's Eliot House. The incident sparks the attention of Alexandra James, a feisty reporter for The New England Chronicle, and takes her to the hallowed halls of England's Cambridge University, the highest levels of the Central Intelligence Agency and the underbelly of the White House. She chases zany, seemingly disparate leads that include "meeting men masquerading as English cricket players for tea, and swapping banana-bread recipes with loopy landladies, and stalking fruit exporters in Pakistan." But James eventually uncovers a plot that could lead to dire national security consequences all the while battling her own inner demons. Kelly's years as a political writer and intelligence correspondent covering wars, terrorism and nuclear powers have served her well, and she portrays James with authority in a smart, fun voice that will stir lust and envy among readers. The author leaves open a window on the final page that suggests a sequel much to the reader's delight.

Customer Reviews

Easy and fun

A fun, easy read. This is the first book I have read since giving birth 9 months ago. A great choice to get back into the habit. Occasionally it was a bit too girly, occasionally a 'page turner' but none the less I read it in a day and enjoyed it all. It could be a great start to a series for this character, and I would look forward to each installment.

Best book I've read since Fifty Shades series!

Alex James is wonderful. She could be any of us and all of us. I was on the edge if my seat and couldn't put my iPad down!
I look forward to read more books from Mary Louise Kelly. Thank you NPR for talking about it on the radio, I may have never come across it myself! I'm ready for the next one!

Dynamic New Author, Fun Read

Alexandra James is a rich character, and Mary Louise Kelley does a fabulous job making her human and an inciting reporter. Stories get written when the right person pulls on a loose thread, a detail overlooked -- which is what makes this book a realistic and fun read.

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  • $5.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Jun 18, 2013
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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