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Once A Spy: A Novel
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Drummond Clark was once a spy of legendary proportions.  Now Alzheimer’s disease has taken its toll and he’s just a confused old man who’s wandered away from home, waiting for his son to fetch him.   When Charlie Clark takes a break from his latest losing streak at the track to bring Drummond back to his Brooklyn home, they find it blown sky high—and then bullets start flying in every direction.  At first, Charlie thinks his Russian “creditors” are employing aggressive collection tactics.  But once Drummond effortlessly hot-wires a car as their escape vehicle, Charlie begins to suspect there’s much more to his father than meets the eye.  He soon discovers that Drummond’s unremarkable career as an appliance salesman was actually a clever cover for an elaborate plan to sell would-be terrorists faulty nuclear detonators.  Drummond’s intricate knowledge of the “device” is extremely dangerous information to have rattling around in an Alzheimer’s-addled brain.  The CIA wants to “contain” him—and so do some other shady characters who send Charlie and Drummond on a wild chase that gives  “father and son quality time” a whole new meaning. With Once a Spy, Keith Thomson makes his debut on the thriller stage with energy, wit, and style to spare.
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Street Date:
03/09/2010
Language:
English
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Keith Thomson. (2010). Once A Spy: A Novel. Unabridged Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.

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Keith Thomson. 2010. Once A Spy: A Novel. Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.

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      • content: "First-novelist Thomson has his tongue firmly in cheek in this clever, engaging, and frenetic tale... His knowledge of spook's tools, techniques, and mind-sets builds verisimilitude... A terrifically entertaining thriller."
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      • content: Charlie Clark is an unsuccessful gambler whose father has developed Alzheimer's disease. Danny Campbell narrates his story in the mature, raspy voice that one would expect of a man of Charlie's age and experience. As far as Charlie knows, his father, Drummond, was an ordinary appliance salesman. So Charlie is surprised to learn that Drummond was also a Cold War spy who is now being hunted by political friends and enemies. Drummond knows too much, and his mental state presents unique problems for the cloak-and-dagger community. A combination of realism, whimsy, and spy tradecraft makes this story is fun to listen to. Campbell's voice works well as Charlie finds himself unexpectedly regarding his father with awe. N.K.L. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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