Agent X

The Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Agent X is a fast-paced read that is tough to put down.  There are no slow spots in this spy thriller!

Steve Vail, a Chicago bricklayer arrives in Washington to take Kate Bannon, the FBI’s new assistant director, to an important New year’s Eve function.  They never arrive.  Kate is summoned to a clandestine meeting where both she and Steve are asked to find out who Calculus is and also where he is.  Calculus is a Russian embassy staffer offering to name Americans feeding information to Russian intelligence.  Steve and Kate must identify the spies and bring them in before the Russians get to them first.  Steve Vail quickly begins to solve the many puzzles that Calculus uses to conceal information.

The puzzles are great and Boyd ties the action and the clues together well.  The romance between Vail and Bannon is not overdone as is so often the case in thrillers involving male and female protagonists.  My only complaint is that I figured out who Agent X was before he was revealed in the novel.  Boyd just missed a five-star review from The Booklover on this one technicality!

Book Details: Published by William Morrow (February 8, 2011), 400 pages, ISBN: 0061826986