Adam LeBor, author of critically acclaimed thrillers The Geneva Option and The Washington Stratagem, delivers the final book of this trilogy featuring United Nations covert negotiator Yael Azoulay.
“[A] series of thought-provoking geopolitical thrillers…. LeBor succeeds in making us care about his two-fisted protagonist and her all-too-human vulnerability.”—Wall Street Journal
Yael Azoulay, covert negotiator for the UN Secretary General, has made a powerful enemy in Clarence Clairborne, head of Washington, D.C. lobbying and security firm the Prometheus Group. He’s fixated on revenge—and Yael knows it. She’s definitely being followed, but Clairborne’s operatives are not the only ones tracking her every move. Unexpected visitors from her past have arrived, determined to make her confront the secrets she’s been hiding.
Driven by exceptional plotting and electrifying prose, The Reykjavik Assignment follows Yael as she fights the pull of her old life while brokering the triumph of her career: A summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, between the United States and Iran. But when events in Reykjavik take a terrifying turn, the only thing that Yael cares about is preventing a desperate man from taking desperate measures to avenge his own past.
Lebor's overstuffed final book in his trilogy featuring United Nations covert negotiator Yael Azoulay (after 2014's The Washington Stratagem) takes Yale from Istanbul to New York City, where she has to deal with an array of problems, past and present, personal and professional. First off, she's being followed by operatives from an old enemy, Clarence Clairborne, the head of a shadowy security firm implicated in a recent attempt to assassinate the U.S. president. Meanwhile, a top U.N. official has just been gunned down on the street and another wounded. Suspicion seems to be falling on Iranian agents. Yael is also starting to pick up disturbing rumors about the mysterious death of her brother many years ago in Rwanda. To top it all off, Yael, now 36, is agonizing over her many romantic misfortunes and wondering why she can't attract a steady lover. Other subplots abound, and many readers will be confused about what to keep their eye on. They may also grow irritated by the author's overuse of cliff-hangers.