Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Deceived by Brett Battles

Brett Battles' second spy thriller, The Deceived is out today.
Anonymity. Trust. Professionalism. In his world, Jonathan Quinn has a few rules. He?ll get rid of bodies that have to disappear; nothing ever gets traced back to him. But when Quinn is called to a busy Los Angeles port where a shipping container has just come in from the sea, it?s clear his rules have been violated. Inside the crate is a dead man?a man who once saved Quinn?s life. And while no one knows how CIA agent Steven Markoff died, Quinn has to do more than clean. He has to find Markoff?s girlfriend, Jenny. To tell her that Markoff is dead. To find out why?and why someone sent Markoff?s body to him.

Until a week ago, Jenny Fuentes was an assistant to an ambitious congressman. Now Jenny is missing, too, and a lot of man power is making sure she isn?t found. But Quinn has his own man power. He has tools that can pry into secrets held anywhere in the world. He has the skill to trade blows with killers and spies. And he has covert weapons: his eager and smart apprentice, Nate, and brilliant Orlando, his closest friend, who?s saved his life more than once.

Racing from the corridors of power in Washington to the bustling streets of Singapore, Quinn won?t stop until he uncovers the truth behind his friend?s violent death, the astounding reason Jenny has vanished?and what she knows about the most explosive deception of all.

I was lucky enough to snag a copy at his launch on Saturday at The Mystery Bookstore in Westwood and burned through it the next day.  It's a great follow up to The Cleaner but stands well on its own.  The pacing is tight, the action is fierce and it really keeps you turning the pages.  He's created a fascinating protagonist in Jonathon Quinn and his supporting characters are true to life and engaging.

Boy keeps this up he'll be pulling Lee Child numbers in no time.

So, go pick up a copy today.  Hell, buy two.  I did.

1 comment:

Brett Battles said...

Thanks, Stephen. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!