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This review is from: An Agent of Deceit (The Ben Webster Spy Series) (Hardcover)
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This isn't the fastest paced spy novel you'll read, but it will be one of the best. Time is taken to develop characters and establish the situation, concentrating not so much on rapid plot twists and turns but more on tightening the tension slowly but effectively and relentlessly as the novel moves on.
The setting is a contemporary one. Lock is a lawyer liaising with a rather shady Russian character, asking no questions where the money coming to work of companies is coming from (other than a vague notion of oil and gas), merely investing it in rapid fire financial deals, the path of which is concealed in a network of international companies and banks. Given Lock doesn't ask questions he can pretend to himself it's legitimate, but as soon as questions began to be asked his precarious position as front man is immediately obvious. Pitted against him is Webster, an investigator and corporate sleuth with a conscience. Generally he's a calm and thoughtful man who plays a measured game, but his own past threatens to distort his views, and to impair his ability to make the best choices.
The first part of the book sets up the position of these two men and how they come to be pitted against each other. The plot develops relentlessly and inevitably from there. Intelligent prose is used, taught enough to give pace, but complex enough to do justice to the subject matter and to the excellent development of character. An excellent book!