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Once A Spy - Keith Thomson

Paperback Published: 25th January 2011
ISBN: 9780307473141
Number Of Pages: 447

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With wit, adventure, and style to spare, this gripping and utterly original thriller is "a spy story that sticks" (The Dallas Morning News). 

When Charlie Clark takes a break from his latest losing streak at the track to bring home his Alzheimer’s-addled father, Drummond, they’re attacked by two mysterious shooters. At first, Charlie thinks his Russian “creditors” are employing aggressive collection tactics.  But once Drummond effortlessly hot-wires a car, Charlie discovers that his unassuming father was actually a deep cover CIA agent . . . and there is extremely sensitive information rattling around in his troubled mind.  Now the CIA wants to “contain” him, so the two embark on a wild chase through the labyrinthine world of national security that will force them to confront unspeakable danger, dark conspiracies, and what it means to be a father and son.

"An engaging tale of father-and-son redemption wrapped up in a pedal-to-metal thriller that's told with much humor and great enthusiasm, Thomson's Once a Spy gives the tried-and-true secret-agent suspense a fresh twist." --The Birmingham News

"An important debut--as well as a welcome breath of fresh air." --Lincoln Child

"Thomson has made a spy story that sticks." --Dallas Morning News

"Nonstop action, thrills, and more escapes than Houdini in his lifetime." --Chicago Sun-Times

"I like my spy thrillers cold, and Once A Spy is as cold as they come, but with a warm sense of honest family dishonesty and violent sense of humor. . . . A wonderfully fun novel of discovery, matching explosive apartments with explosive revelations."--Rick Kleffel, "The Agony Column"

"This tale of a doddering old spy and his slightly addled son has plenty of twists and turns, and you'll find it very difficult to put aside." -- The Globe and Mail

"Gripping. . . . A surfeit of suspense, plot twists, mysterious murders, dangerous chases, narrow escapes, thwarted villains and a few triumphs by an unlikely hero or two." --Birmingham Weekly

"A thriller with an edgy tone. . . . Heart-stopping, full of surprises, dangerous but crazy/funny at the same time. Roadrunner meets Columbo." --Newark Star-Ledger

"Once A Spy is the most enjoyable book I've read this year. Utterly original, it is an adrenaline-fueled concoction of sidesplitting humor and genuine suspense. Think Carl Hiassen taking on John Le Carr and the winner is the reader. What a find! I can't imagine not loving this gem of a novel!" --Christopher Reich

"It takes a huge talent to blow dust from the corners of today's comfortable thriller genre. Keith Thomson has that talent, in spades. Once a Spy is an important debut--as well as a welcome breath of fresh air." --Lincoln Child

"Once a Spy is a wild ride." --James Bamford

"With great characters, nonstop action, and dark humor, all told in a fresh, energetic voice, Keith Thomson's Once A Spy is the most appealing debut thriller I've read in years." --Chuck Hogan

ISBN: 9780307473141
ISBN-10: 0307473147
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 447
Published: 25th January 2011
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.5 x 10.9  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1