Three Soviet spies living undetected among Washington insiders for fifteen years confront the collapse of the Soviet Union in this well-wrought thriller.
This shows the possibility of 'cold war' Russia having mock US cities in Siberia and training spys to be Americans (as moles) then to have the wall come tumbling down and leaving them here without help or aid. Who is the real traitor? Those left behind or those who were their leaders still in the US? I enjoyed the complexity of the situation and how three ex-spys solved their own futures.
No one would suspect tha Ash, David, or Corinna is different from any of Washington's other most successful citizens. Ash, a prizewinning reporter for The Washington Post, is as famous as the people whose secrets he turns into headlines. David, a former undersecretary of state, has friends in high places and a Virginia estate worthy of the presidents. His lover, Corinna, is a Justice Department lawyer so beautiful that her legal adversaries sometimes overlook her brilliance in the courtroom.
Who could know that these three movers and shakers began their lives not on American soil, but far away, behind Soviet borders in the ingeniously designed mock-up of an American town? There from childhood, they were trained to live as Americans while they were schooled in the most sophisticated forms of espionage. For fifteen years, they have moved through Washington's most hallowed corridors, honing their parts, gathering information, never arousing suspicion.
Now, thousands of miles away, the game has changed. The USSR collapses. And these spies are turning against each other in a new kind of danger. Who is in control back home? Why are their assignments changing so rapidly, becoming so peculiar? Most of all, who are they anyway after so many years of playing their American roles?
In this super thriller, Bob Reiss leads these intriguing protagonists and the other members of their cell, now spread across America, from close camaraderie to bloody betrayal in a narrative that spins from one explosive surprise to the next. Once they were allies. Now, they are in a new world with no one to trust. Set during and after the Soviet coup, The Last Spy takes us into the secret realm of spies that endures long after the Cold War has ended.