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Liars & Thieves

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Tommy Carmellini—who dazzled thriller fans in Stephen Coonts's Cuba and Liberty—is the CIA's top man for jobs that require extreme stealth, breaking-and-entering skills, and split-second, sometimes lethal, decisions.

In Liars & Thieves, he's sent to post guard duty at a farmhouse in Virginia's remote Blue Ridge Mountains, where top government operatives are debriefing a star defector: the ultimate KGB insider, a man with records on every operation and every dirty trick the ...

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Overview

Tommy Carmellini—who dazzled thriller fans in Stephen Coonts's Cuba and Liberty—is the CIA's top man for jobs that require extreme stealth, breaking-and-entering skills, and split-second, sometimes lethal, decisions.

In Liars & Thieves, he's sent to post guard duty at a farmhouse in Virginia's remote Blue Ridge Mountains, where top government operatives are debriefing a star defector: the ultimate KGB insider, a man with records on every operation and every dirty trick the shadowy intelligence agency has ever run, from Lenin to Putin.

Carmellini arrives to find the guards shot dead, and a ruthless team of commandos—American commandos—slaughtering everyone in sight, then setting the house on fire. He escapes a hail of bullets and a deadly mountain car chase with what seems to be the sole survivor, a beautiful and mysterious translator who steals his car and leaves him for dead at the first chance.

What secrets did the defector know? Who would have killed to prevent him from talking? And how could a hit team act so fast, so efficiently, and so murderously without intimate, inside knowledge of the debriefing? Smart money says someone in the U.S. government is behind the massacre and is now after Carmellini. And that begs the biggest question of all: in a world where nothing is as it seems and no one is who he pretends to be, who can Carmellini trust?

Finding out will be terrifying. The answer may be deadly.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This book is vintage Coonts...plenty of action and intrigue, with the added benefit of a new lead character.”—Dallas Morning News

 

“Coonts knows how to write and build suspense…this is the mark of a natural storyteller.”—The New York Times Book Review

 “Former Grafton sidekick Tommy Carmellini, ex-burglar and CIA operative, has been promoted to star in what’s sure to be another excellent, long-lived series…Tommy is smart, brave, skilled, and possessed of enough self-deprecating, wise-cracking wit to endear him to readers…readers of the Jake Grafton series will easily make the leap to Tommy Carmellini, and new readers can be expected to sign up for this hipper hero.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Tommy is a self-deprecating and wise-cracking narrator who brings a welcome energy to the genre. And fans will be pleased to see a now retired Jake Grafton and his wife, Callie, make an appearance.”—Library Journal

 

“Readers who have not previously treated themselves to a Coonts thriller should definitely pick up this one.”—Bookreporter.com

“Fast-paced…reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen or even the master himself, Elmore Leonard.”

—Hintonnews.net

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469253732
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Tommy Carmellini Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Coonts

STEPHEN COONTS is the author of sixteen New York Times bestselling books that have been translated and published around the world. A former naval aviator and Vietnam combat veteran, he is a graduate of West Virginia University and the University of Colorado School of Law. He lives in Colorado.

Biography

One of America's premier authors of action-adventure thrillers, Stephen Coonts broke into publishing in 1986 with his national bestseller Flight of the Intruder, hailed as one of the best novels ever written about flying and the camaraderie of men at war.

A veteran naval aviator who flew the A-6 Intruder during the Vietnam War, Coonts has followed his debut smash with many more novels featuring his protaganist Jake Grafton, each full of the riveting action and page-turning suspense that has gained him a legion of loyal fans.

In addition to his Jake Grafton books, Coonts also has written stand-alone thrillers, a smattering of sci fi and nonfiction, and the Deep Black series, which is co-authored with Jim DeFelice.

Good To Know

Coonts once held jobs as a taxi driver, a police officer, and an attorney.

He was a trustee of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1990-98 and was inducted into the West Virginia University Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 1992.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      July 19, 1946
    2. Place of Birth:
      Morgantown, West Virginia
    1. Education:
      B.A., West Virginia University, 1968; J.D., University of Colorado, 1979

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