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.
This classic espionage thriller from bestseller Lynds (The Coil) strikes a perfect balance between the private lives of her characters and the blood and betrayal of their professional adventures. Jay Tice, the last spymaster of the title, sold out the CIA store to the Russians during the Cold War and is now serving a life sentence in a federal prison from which no one has ever escaped. When Tice does slip away, a gifted CIA hunter, Elaine Cunningham, tries to find out how and why. As Cunningham follows an intricate trail of death and deception, Lynds brings to vivid life parts of the Eastern U.S. (like North Carolina's Great Dismal Swamp) and a huge cast of supporting players. The liaison between Tice and a top female agent from the former East Germany points to the passion sadly missing from many of today's spy thrillers: "Tice and Raina had had a fiery but covert Cold War affair. That was the way people lived then. When sex, lust, love erupted between East and West, it was always forbidden and usually volcanic." Regional author tour.
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The Last Spymaster
Gayle has done it again! Another great spy novel, which kept me reading until I completed it.
"The Last Spymaster"
While reading "The Altman Code" - and being a Robert Ludlum fan - I soon became aware of "something different and better" than many other of his books. After finishing the book, I Googled Gayle Lynds, and became interested in reading some of her other books. I just finished "The Last Spymaster". Wow!!! The Best. I was sweating with excitement as I explored the last 100 pages. Now you're my favorite Thriller writer, Gayle. Can't wait to start on --- I think I'll download "The Coil" next.