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“A high-action thriller.”
“Fascinating, harrowing, page-flipping intrigue...a vivid tale of seduction, betrayal, revenge, and international political intrigue.”
--The Christian Science Monitor
“Fast moving. Mathews has no shortage of imagination.”
“Thrills you with the CIA, a kidnapping and the hunt. Starts with a bang.”
--The Denver Post
“A brilliantly intelligent and thrilling read.”
--Liz Smith, Newsday
“Riveting…[Mathews’s] presentation of espionage and CIA tactics is impeccable.”
“Francine Mathews’s The Cutout is not just a fresh new voice in international intrigue, it’s a brand-new vision--intelligent, passionate, and unceasingly entertaining.”
--Stephen White, New York Times bestselling author of Warning Signs
“Francine Mathews writes with precision and authority. The Cutout is a top-rate spy thriller. I loved it.”
--Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of Middle of Nowhere
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Posted June 29, 2014
Posted January 12, 2005
Over and over and over and over, repeating endlessly the endless repetitions of redundancy. Ms. Matthews, develop your characters and get on with the story. I sat there, ossifying though endless repetitions of rehashed events, character nuance, and other trivia. Where were the car chases? Where were the topless women? Where were the things that make red necks like me read books? Seriously, the book was like a lemon meringue pie with too much meringue. When you got through all of the chick flick froth, there was only...a lemon.
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Posted October 29, 2002
Mathews does a masterful job telling the story of Jack Roderick, a fictionalized version of the legendary American, Jim Thompson, who disappeared without a trace in 1967. This is a thriller with a thread of romance that pulls the reader through the book. The plot is as tightly woven as a bolt of Thai silk, and the characters equally colorful. Details of southeast asian culture and landscape rounded out this engaging story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
The ¿Legendary American¿ joined the OSS during World War II and remained with the espionage group when it was converted into the CIA. In 1945 Jack Roderick enters Bangkok. Over the next two decades he lives in Thailand rarely leaving the country and becomes known as ¿The Silk King¿ perhaps for his successful merchant business or as many locals claim as his cover for his work as a foreign spy. However, in 1967, Jack vanishes never to be seen again at about the same time that his son dies in Nam. <P>Decades later, Jack¿s grandson, Olympic ski champion Max, demands that the Thai government turn over to him his grandfather¿s possessions including a spectacular house in Bangkok. Instead of owning a new home, Max finds himself embroiled in a deadly conspiracy. He turns to risk expert Oliver Krane and financial guru Stefani Fogg for help. <P>When this historical fiction focuses on three generations of Rodericks, it is an exciting story that will electrify the audience who need to know what happened to Jack THE SECRET AGENT, desire to understand more about Rory, and want to see what will occur to Max. On the other hand, the Stefani subplot detours the story line away from its prime theme. Still, Francine Mathews provides an interesting novel filled with plenty of action and an intriguing look back at Southeast Asia during the Nam period that will excite fans of twentieth century thrillers. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 29, 2009
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