I like a tightly-woven book when it comes to tales of spies, government, and politics. When I read the plot of this book, although the author was totally unknown to me, I ordered it. What a great surprise it was: a fast-moving book of only 318 pages, the prose is pared down but the characters are well described. The plot is one that snares attention immediately and keeps it engaged the entire time. An excellent book on several levels, this is a recommended read.