On Sale: February 8, 2011
Featuring: Kate Bannon; Steve Vail
Hardcover / e-Book
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Ex-FBI agent Steve Vail navigates a maze of hidden codes
and brain-teasing puzzles to stay hot on the trail of a
band of Russian spies in this breathtaking follow-up to
Boyd's New York Times bestselling debut, THE
FBI-agent-turned-bricklayer Steve Vail once helped the FBI
solve a brilliant extortion plot. It was supposed to be a
one-and-done deal. But when he's in Washington, D.C., to
see Kate Bannon â€” an FBI assistant director â€” on what he
thinks will be a romantic New Year's Eve date, suddenly
things get complicated. The FBI has another unsolvable
problem, and it has Vail's name written all over it.
A man known as Calculus, an officer at the Russian embassy,
has approached the FBI claiming that he has a list of
Americans who are selling confidential information to the
Russian SVR. In exchange for the list, he is asking for a
quarter of a million dollars for each traitor the FBI
apprehends. But then Calculus informs the FBI that he has
been swiftly recalled to Moscow, and the Bureau suspects
the worst: the Russians have discovered what Calculus is up
to, probably have access to his list, and will be hunting
the traitors to kill them unless the FBI can find them
The FBI realizes that it has to keep the operation quiet.
Once again, Vail is the perfect man, along with Kate
Bannon, who would be anyone's first pick for help on an
impossibly dangerous case. But finding the traitors isn't
going to be easy. In fact, it's going to be downright
deadly. And if the Bricklayer survives, he will have to
come up with a few tricks of his own.
Agent X is a heart-pounding thrill ride with an
authenticity only a writer who's an FBI veteran can
provide, and Steve Vail â€” a man Patricia Cornwell
calls a "new American hero" â€” is one of the smartest,
toughest, and most compelling new characters to come along
in many years.
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