Emily MeltonEgleton, author of a whole series of popular espionage stories--"A Double Deception" (1992), "Last Act" (1991), "In the Red" (1990)--hits paydirt once again with his newest thriller, set in the perestroika-driven world of post-Cold War intelligence gathering. Galina Kutuzova of the GRU has been selling secrets to the Brits. When the intelligence officer who's been running her is blown to bits shortly after a rendezvous with Kutuzova, the SIS calls in agent Peter Ashton to figure out how the betrayal happened and why Kutuzova has suddenly disappeared. Ashton's investigation takes him deep into a covert world of suspicion and violence where perestroika doesn't exist and trust is a dirty word. Egleton's army-intelligence experience shows--his characters reflect his more-than-passing acquaintance with the dangerously precarious life of the secret agent, the "spyspeak" sounds authentic, the intricately twisted plot is gripping and suspenseful, and the sometimes brutal action comes thick and fast. Not as cryptic as le Carre but just as intense and chilling, "Hostile Intent" affirms Egleton's reputation as one of today's best thriller writers.
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