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Publisher Comments:

The Amateur Spy — Dan Fesperman's most galvanizing thriller yet — takes us to a flashpoint of global intrigue, recasting the spy novel for the post–9/11 world: Anyone might be watching; everyone is suspect.

Burned out by years of humanitarian-aid work, Freeman and Mila Lockhart have retreated to an idyllic Greek island. But on the first night of their new life they are surprised by three intruders who seem to know everything about Freeman — including a haunting secret he has long kept from Mila. They use it to blackmail him into spying on an old Palestinian friend in Jordan. Overnight, Freeman is plunged into the maelstrom of the Middle East and is quickly in over his head.

In suburban Washington, D.C., meanwhile, a prosperous Palestinian-American couple, Abbas and Aliyah Rahim, are still grieving for their daughter, accidentally killed while vacationing abroad. Abbas, a surgeon whose patients number among the nation's elite, blames her death on the bureaucratic machinations of overly suspicious officials. Aliyah fears he may be reeling toward fanaticism, and her efforts to avert this take her to Jordan. Like Freeman, she is soon overwhelmed by the region's dangerous passions and complexities.

As their paths converge, Freeman and Aliyah — both desperately worried about the loved ones they left behind — must swiftly separate fact from illusion, enemy from friend. The consequences of failure could be catastrophic...

Review:

"War correspondent Fesperman, the winner of the CWA's John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award, shines the light of his insider's knowledge into the dark corners of Jordan and Jerusalem in his gripping fifth thriller. After a career as an aid worker in some of the world's hot spots, 55-year-old Freeman Lockhart has retired with his 37-year-old Bosnian wife, Mila, to the Aegean island of Karos. The first night in their new home they wake to find three intruders, who spirit Freeman away to a nearby location where he's ordered to fly to Jordan to spy on a former friend and co-worker, Omar al-Baroody. When Freeman declines, his captors tell him that if he doesn't do what they ask, they'll tell the world his dark secret involving Mila from their days working in Africa. Freeman heads off to Amman to do their bidding. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., a wealthy doctor, Abbas Rahim, plots an act of terrorism that will threaten the lives of the government's highest power brokers. Freeman may be an amateur spy, but Fesperman (The Prisoner of Guantanamo) proves once again that he's a consummate professional. Author tour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"In Dan Fesperman's new spy thriller, two married couples, strangers to one another, find their lives caught up in the intrigue and violence of the war on terror. The first couple, Freeman and Mila Lockhart, are globe-hopping relief workers who are first seen as they retire to a Greek isle. They're smart, sexy, attractive people, but their dream of a new life is shattered when three men invade their... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Crack espionage plotting at the outset gives way to an overdone final act packed with conveniences, so focus instead on Fesperman's cutting insights into international aid and Middle Eastern politics. (Grade: B)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[M]ore classy suspense from Fesperman....[W]ell worth reading — Fesperman's empathy for his protagonists, struggling to do the right thing, is impressive." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A subtle summary partway through helps keep the plot cooking and the reader's elbows on the table. The conclusion is sudden but the book satisfying in its entirety. Recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Although politically savvy travelers will find much to interest them in the background, the action in the foreground is somewhat slack....[I]t would have been nice if this novel didn't read like a work from the past." Booklist

Synopsis:

Fesperman's most galvanizing thriller yet takes readers to a flashpoint of global intrigue, recasting the spy novel for the post-9/11 world: Anyone might be watching; everyone is suspect.

About the Author

Dan Fesperman's travels as a writer have taken him to thirty countries and three war zones. Lie in the Dark won the Crime Writers' Association of Britain's John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for best first crime novel, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows won their Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for best thriller, and The Prisoner of Guantanamo won the Dashiell Hammett Award from the International Association of Crime Writers. He lives in Baltimore.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400044672
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
General
Author:
Fesperman, Dan
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Arab Americans
Subject:
Washington, d. c.
Subject:
Spy stories
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
American
Publication Date:
March 2008
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.28x6.60x1.23 in. 1.45 lbs.

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Product details 384 pages Knopf Publishing Group - English 9781400044672 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "War correspondent Fesperman, the winner of the CWA's John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award, shines the light of his insider's knowledge into the dark corners of Jordan and Jerusalem in his gripping fifth thriller. After a career as an aid worker in some of the world's hot spots, 55-year-old Freeman Lockhart has retired with his 37-year-old Bosnian wife, Mila, to the Aegean island of Karos. The first night in their new home they wake to find three intruders, who spirit Freeman away to a nearby location where he's ordered to fly to Jordan to spy on a former friend and co-worker, Omar al-Baroody. When Freeman declines, his captors tell him that if he doesn't do what they ask, they'll tell the world his dark secret involving Mila from their days working in Africa. Freeman heads off to Amman to do their bidding. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., a wealthy doctor, Abbas Rahim, plots an act of terrorism that will threaten the lives of the government's highest power brokers. Freeman may be an amateur spy, but Fesperman (The Prisoner of Guantanamo) proves once again that he's a consummate professional. Author tour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Crack espionage plotting at the outset gives way to an overdone final act packed with conveniences, so focus instead on Fesperman's cutting insights into international aid and Middle Eastern politics. (Grade: B)"
"Review" by , "[M]ore classy suspense from Fesperman....[W]ell worth reading — Fesperman's empathy for his protagonists, struggling to do the right thing, is impressive."
"Review" by , "A subtle summary partway through helps keep the plot cooking and the reader's elbows on the table. The conclusion is sudden but the book satisfying in its entirety. Recommended."
"Review" by , "Although politically savvy travelers will find much to interest them in the background, the action in the foreground is somewhat slack....[I]t would have been nice if this novel didn't read like a work from the past."
"Synopsis" by , Fesperman's most galvanizing thriller yet takes readers to a flashpoint of global intrigue, recasting the spy novel for the post-9/11 world: Anyone might be watching; everyone is suspect.
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