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Gayle Lynds

Gayle Lynds began her writing career as a reporter for The Arizona Republic, where her investigative reporting made such an impact that it led to changes in state legislation. Later she was an editor with rare Top Secret security clearance at a government think tank, where assorted shadowy figures passed through silently and not only ideas but people seemed to bounce off the walls. She was inspired. Soon she began writing literary short stories, which were published in literary journals, and at the same time in what some considered schizophrenic, she also wrote male pulp novels in the Nick Carter and Mack Bolan series.

Her first Gayle Lynds novel MASQUERADE, was a New York Times bestseller and a People magazine “Page-Turner of the Week.” Publishers Weekly, the bible of the industry, recently compiled a list of the best espionage fiction. At the top were works by le Carre, Ludlum, Frederick Forsyth, and Graham Greene. MASQUERADE was number eight, following Ken Follett’s classic The Eye of the Needle, which Gayle loves.

A member of the Association for Intelligence Officers, she cofounded International Thriller Writers with David Morrell in 2004. She lives in Southern California with three computers and two opinionated cats.
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The Assassins
The Assassins will surely stand with the year's best thrillers. - David Baldacci

Recently retired from U.S. military intelligence, Judd Ryder is walking home one evening when he sees a man wearing his clothes step out of his house. Moments later, the man is killed in a hit-and-run. Was the stranger the intended victim, or was it Judd himself? Searching the man, Judd finds a phone with only one number dialed - to CIA trainee Eva Blake, Judd's former girlfriend. What Judd and Eva don't know is that they've unwittingly been trapped in a battle to the death among six professional assassins, and only one will be left standing.

You get hooked on page one. - Nelson DeMille

It's the ultimate battle of wits. . . a master class in suspense. - Lisa Gardner

Rich settings, beautifully crafted characters, and a compulsively readable storyline. - Douglas Preston
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The Book of Spies
For centuries, emperors, historians, and even the Vatican have tried to locate Ivan the Terrible's magnificent collection of lost works - the real-life Library of Gold. Now one of the volumes, The Book of Spies, has surfaced, and along with it the highly secret book club that owns the library. They form a cabal of the globe's most powerful men - men who will do anything to achieve their aims and protect their interests.

Somehow the CIA must do what no one else has been able to do - find the library and stop them. When it discovers a connection between the legendary library and a bank account linked to terrorists, the CIA brings in rare books curator Eva Blake to help.

Soon an attempt is made on Eva's life, and she is on the run. Determined not only to survive but to uncover the truth, Eva turns to the one person she can trust - Judd Ryder, a former intelligence officer with a troubled past and his own agenda.

Racing from London to Rome, Istanbul to Athens, Judd and Eva must use all of their wits and skills to stay ahead of the deadly forces hunting them, find the gold-covered, bejeweled books in the priceless library, and stop the men behind both while there is still time
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The Last Spymaster
Charles Jay Tice was a spy's spy - a legendary figure in the CIA, and the intelligence world in general, towards the end of the Cold War. But he was also a traitor, having sold secrets that seriously compromised the U.S. for years to come. Since his conviction, he's been kept in the tightest maximum security prison under the tightest security.

Until one morning, his cell is discovered empty--Tice has disappeared without even the hint of trace.

Agent Elaine Cunningham is a "hunter", assigned to find Tice quickly, before the rest of the world knows he's gone. But she soon finds out that something is very wrong. This is more than just an impossible escape by a master spy - lurking in the shadows is a much bigger, deeper, and more dangerous conspiracy than an old spy's last run for freedom.
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The Coil
Liz Sansborough thought she had left her past behind forever. A former CIA field agent as well as the daughter of perhaps the most notorious Cold War assassin, the man known to the world only as The Carnivore, Liz is now a university professor in Southern California specializing in the psychology of violence. But her dead father's legacy has come back to overtake Liz.

Someone, somewhere is claiming to have possession of the Carnivore's secret files and is using the information contained within them to blackmail prominent world figures to promote some secret agenda. Files that Liz swore her father never kept. First Liz herself is attacked and almost killed, then Liz's cousin Sarah Walker is kidnapped in Paris and her husband, CIA agent Asher Flores, is gravely wounded. The only ransom the kidnappers will accept is the Carnivore's files. Now if Liz is to save Sarah, she must somehow resurrect her old tradecraft skills and, in a desperate hunt across two continents, locate the files and uncover a dark and dangerous conspiracy linked to a shadowy group known only as the Coil.

With her bestselling thriller Masquerade, Gayle Lynds earned her reputation as one of the most exciting new writers of international suspense. Now with The Coil, the sequel to Masquerade, Gayle Lynds is at the very top of her form, proving herself one of the finest writers in the field today.
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Beth Convey is a driven, brilliant 32-year-old Washington, D.C., international attorney who speaks several languages. One day, while arguing a multimillion-dollar court case, her chest erupts in pain, and she collapses.

When she awakens in the intensive care unit with a strong new heart, she surprises herself by thinking in Russian. Under doctor's orders, she must exercise regularly. But instead of the usual tennis or jogging, she takes up karate and excels at it. Odd, too, is her sudden taste for vodka. Far more mysterious and disturbing are her hideous dreams, which are filled with guns, death, and strangers shouting in Russian.

After learning about a phenomenon called cellular memory, in which transplant patients seem to inherit memories, tastes, and ideas, Beth sets out on a danger-filled journey to discover the identity of the man who was her donor.

Swept into the maelstrom of an international conspiracy involving defectors from the old KGB, the Soviet's dreaded secret spy agency, Beth's disembodied memories lead her to trust and even love a man who seemingly tried to destroy her and direct her to a covert band of paramilitary terrorists operating too close to home.

Worst of all, she must confront the shocking true nature of the heart that has saved and transformed her life.

As personal as memories, and as explosive as global tensions, Mesmerized is a sexy international thriller of passion and treachery, supercharged with an engaging heroine, sweeping high adventure, and an unforgettable love story.
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While giving a gala performance at London's Royal Albert Hall, blind concert pianist Julia Austrian's sight returns as mysteriously as it disappeared ten years earlier when she was struck by a little-known psychological disorder. But her euphoria shatters after she witnesses her mother's murder - a trauma that hurls her back into her dark and lonely world.

Blind, yet the only person who can identify her mother's attacker, Julia vows to find the killer. She abandons her celebrated, wealthy life, and unwittingly plunges into a violent whirlwind of deceit, lust, and greed, a conspiracy of hidden forces with the power to manipulate the law, the banks, the media - and Julia herself.

Meanwhile, in a dark alley in Prague, a sex king's opportunistic employee sells incriminating documents.

In glitzy Monaco, a beautiful blonde seduces a police inspector into altering official records.

In an affluent New York City suburb, a charming old man riddled with guilt prepares to bring down one of the most influential families in America - his own.

On the campaign trail, a coolly determined presidential candidate prepares to beat the pundits and the polls with a devious plan guaranteed to win him the election.

In Langley, Virginia, maverick CIA analyst Sam Keeline embarks on a forbidden journey to recover the fabled Amber Room - a dazzling masterpiece that mysteriously vanished at the end of World War II. But his simple quest provokes horrific consequences, and suddenly he finds himself in the path of the relentless forces bent on destroying Julia.

Desperate but determined, Julia turns to hypnosis and regains her sight. Knowing that she can go blind in an instant, she joins with Sam Keeline to track down the sinister powers threatening the very foundation of America's political system. On the run, hunted and hated, the young couple races against time to piece together the seemingly random acts that form a vast and terrifying puzzle.

An electrifying, intricately plotted story that bristles with action and intrigue, Mosaic never stops accelerating from its first page to its last - earning Lynds a place alongside the top thriller writers of our time.
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When you gaze into the mirror - and find a stranger looking back? Liz Sansborough has no recollection of her past as a CIA agent; no idea what her future holds. For her, there is only the present. . . and the chilling knowledge that the world's most lethal assassin has set his sights on her.

When your only link to your identity is a stranger who claim to be lover? Gordon is so gentle, so loving - and so secretive. If Liz dares to put her life into his powerful hands, will he guard it with his own--or snuff it out?

When violence explodes around you, when nothing makes sense, when nobody - including you - is whom he or she appears to be? As Liz unravels a series of lies, she begins to suspect that the truth she encounters might be far more sinister - and deadly - than the original deception
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