The Book of Spies Reviews
James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of The Doomsday Key
“Gayle Lynds’s latest novel The Book of Spies is hands-down the best book I’ve read all year. Grippingly paced, poignant, surprising with every turn of the page, this novel stunned me. Lynds has long been a master of espionage, but with this book she proves that true masters only get better over time. Here is a novel that is destined to become an instant classic in the field. In a word: Wow.”
“THE BOOK OF SPIES [is] a combination of history, spy craft and grand concept that takes readers by the hand for a literary romp that is instructional, hair-raising, and most of all, entertaining.” –
The Providence Journal, by Jon Land
A library could be a dangerous place. Well, not usually, but in this crafty political thriller by a true master anything is possible. The Book of Spies marks Gayle Lynds’ return to the bookshelves a full three years after publication of The Last Spymaster and it was well worth the wait. As a Hitchcockian MacGuffin, a book hasn’t been used this effectively since James Grady’s Six Days of the Condor, and the wild chase that follows is a throwback to the glory days of the paranoid conspiracy novels pioneered by Robert Ludlum (with whom Lynds co-authored several works) in the 70s. But The Book of Spies updates this theme more in keeping with the bestsellers of James Rollins, Steve Berry and Vince Flynn. The difference is Lynds imbues her tale with a class and prestige drawn from the espionage school of John Le Carre and Helen McGinnis as well. A practiced hand mixing a seasoned and savory pot resulting in a book that is simply not to be missed.
The Library Journal’s * starred review:
Lynds (“The Coil; The Last Spymaster”) is a master of the espionage thriller. In her latest, she deftly adopts the conventions of treasure-hunting novels to craft a thrilling, spy-laden, history-rich page-turner. Eva Blake, a rare-book conservator, is convicted of vehicular manslaughter in her husband’s death, though she wasn’t responsible. Meanwhile, the long-lost and historically significant Library of Gold appears on the radar of the CIA, somehow tied to dubious finances in the Middle East. Armed with “The Book of Spies” from the library’s collection, the CIA springs Blake from prison to find the library. When Blake glimpses her husband alive, her world is shaken. What is the truth? The reach of the library is far and its director, powerful. Blake has backup, but the CIA has been infiltrated. Whom can she trust? Is her husband really alive? Is he the librarian? Do they find the library? What happens in the Middle East? This reviewer knows but is not revealing anything.
VERDICT: Two great tastes that taste great together. Readers of both espionage and artifact novels should be well sated but will crave subsequent escapades with these characters.