The Red Room

The Red Room

Book - 2015
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John Knox and Grace Chu are back in the new Risk Agent novel-- "another hit in this knockout thriller series" ( 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 Iran'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.
Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada 2015
ISBN: 9780515155327
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2015

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ChristchurchLib Jul 11, 2016

Spy Fiction. Ok, this one's a little different -- the main appeal here for Gabriel Allon fans is the fact that an art piece is the center of the action. Security expert (and art trader) John Knox and his partner, former Chinese spy Grace Chu, are in Istanbul, having agreed to orchestrate a brief meeting and broker a trade. But they quickly find that they're prey to some unknown threat -- and that's before Grace is kidnapped and John is shot at. Plenty of tradecraft and political commentary will satiate Gabriel Allon's many fans -- and there are four in the series (starting with The Risk Agent and ending with White Bone, out this month) for those who get hooked.

Djeremay Sep 12, 2014

Torturously slow, convoluted plotting. I really tried to stick with this plot, but finally gave up, nearly halfway thru it, which is something I RARELY do.

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