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Finally, a spy novel that asks the burning question (and asks it with surprising success): Is it possible to quit the whole ugly business if you're protected by a guardian angel?

In young Adam Whistler, who's served the US government mainly by killing its enemies, the pragmatist and the idealist have long had an uncomfortable coexistence. Nevertheless, he's always been able to carry out his assignments efficiently enough—until the day when he's suddenly unable to convince himself any longer that the untimely ends he's been engineering are sufficiently worthy to justify the means. And that's the day he decides he's eaten enough of Uncle Sam's bread. But since Adam knows that wanting out and getting out are poles apart in the murky world of spooks, he steals certain information, the dangerous kind that a smart and ruthless man can use to arm himself against other smart and ruthless men. Even in this dicey situation, Adam's life is complicated way beyond the average spook's. For one thing, he's the son of Harry Whistler, a shadowy, powerful figure whose multinational business is way beyond mortal understanding. Harry's affairs operate on several levels, quite Kafkaesque in some aspects, downright Mafiaesque in others. And Harry now sees it as a father-and-son business he doesn't want his junior partner to bail out of. Nor is Harry his son's only problem. Adam's lover, Claudia Gellar, is as warmhearted as she is beautiful, but there's a small problem: she's convinced she's Adam's Guardian Angel. Literally. And Adam can't accept Claudia's claims anymore comfortably than the average spy could. Still, as his enemies gather, and lovely Claudia repeatedly seems to be interposing herself between him and disaster, Adam's skepticism takes some serious hits.

Witty and entertaining throughout: a happy spin-off from Maxim's successful Bannerman series (A Matter of Honor, not reviewed, etc.).

Pub Date: March 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-380-97545-9
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2001


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