Synopses & Reviews
This installment is all about impossible escapes and elusive spycraft
.Another hit in this knockout thriller series featuring nonstop danger, casually clever descriptions of exotic locales, evolving characterization, and evenhanded sociopolitical commentary. Recommended for every beach bag.” Booklist
In the newest international thrill ride from New York Times-bestselling author Ridley Pearson, John Knox and Grace Chu, the incomparable and often incompatible duo, team up again, this time in the exotic city between two worlds,” Istanbul.
Whats it like to see yourself in a picture you never knew was taken?
John Knox is an expert at surveillance and delicate, international dealings. So he is understandably thrown when David Sarge” Dulwich, his contact at Rutherford Risk, hands him a photo of a transaction he recently facilitated in the Middle East. More curious to him, hes shown that photo while in the Red Room, the private security companys highly secure underground bunker, where eavesdropping is impossible and privacy ensured. Why all the cloak-and-dagger?
Knox is pressured into accepting a job as an art broker in the mysterious Istanbul, a city situated on two continents where East meets West and Islam meets Christianity. It is a melting pot of spies, terrorists, and conflicting interests.
Teamed with smart, quick, and fearless Grace Chu, Knox must navigate a murky operation, the only goal of which is to spend five minutes in the proximity of a man theyve never met. Why? What can it possibly matter? And why are so many others bound and determined to see it never happensat any cost?
"Bestseller Pearson's exciting if complicated third Risk Agent novel (after 2013's Choke Point) takes security operative John Knox, who's also an art trader, and his partner, former Chinese government spy Grace Chu, to Istanbul, where they are to perform a simple in-and-out delivery job for David Dulwich, Knox's pal at the private contracting firm Rutherford Risk. Knox and Chu are to offer the bust of Harmodius, a piece of ancient artwork worth millions, to restaurant owner Akram Okle, who's acting as middleman for a wealthy brother of his named Mashe. Since Knox needs the money for medicine for his autistic, mentally-challenged brother, he accepts the assignment. To no one's surprise, the mission turns deadly in Istanbul and proves anything but simple. Readers may want to take notes to keep track of the many countries and secret agents involved as Pearson peels away the various layers of deception before the satisfying denouement. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
John Knox and Grace Chu are back in the new Risk Agent noveland#151; and#147;another hit in this knockout thriller seriesand#8221; (Booklist) by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Choke Point.
Security operative John Knox and former Chinese Army spy Grace Chu have accepted a simple job in Istanbul: initiate the sale of a piece of ancient art worth millions to an anonymous client. But in Istanbul they find themselves in a melting pot of government agents and terrorists, where East meets West. Now Knox and Chu realize they are players in a bigger, more dangerous game than they ever imagined. Their client is himself a pawn in Iranand#8217;s nuclear program.
As they move closer to the truth, they understand better their own vulnerability. They are not alone in wanting contact with this client. Forced to test the loyalty of the very people who hired them, aware their next move could trigger a power shift in the Middle East, the two arrange a meeting that threatens to kill all involved.
About the Author
Ridley Pearson is the New York Times bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including The Risk Agent and Choke Point, featuring John Knox and Grace Chu; the Walt Fleming novels; the Lou Boldt crime series; and many books for young readers, including the Kingdom Keepers series. He lives with his wife and two daughters in St. Louis, Missouri, and Hailey, Idaho