Dead Spy Running-Jon Stock

Dead Spy Running

Jon Stock

Dunne, Nov 2010, $25.99

ISBN 9780312644765

Thirty-five thousand runners are testing for the London Marathon.  Two of them work for M16 though Agent Daniel is on suspension at full pay; the other is girlfriend Leila who worries about her lover’s mental health since his father’s death.  However, just prior to the start, another operative Myers called Leila with a warning that electronic chatter says something is going to happen at the event.

About fifty minutes into the race, Daniel notices an Asian runner wearing a belt who seems out of place.  He further sees two obvious American Secret service agents with another participant who he thinks is the U.S. Ambassador Munroe.  He realizes the Asian is wearing a bomb.  He learns the Asian is Pradeep from India and terrorists kidnapped his son with the admonition do the mission if you want your offspring to live.  The bomb is defused, but Daniel is under suspicion as a terrorist.

Dead Spy Running is a superb espionage thriller, which contains the usual suspects of foreign agents and internal moles.  However, what makes the story line super is rivalry between M16 and the CIA, M16 and M15, and the CIA and the Secret Service as each agency fails to work together, but instead prefers front dog status even if it causes problems for their respective country.  Fans will appreciate Jon Stock’s strong run.

Harriet Klausner

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