A cutting-edge novel of international crime and its consequences, from Nigeria to Russia to Washington, from the former deputy assistant secretary of state.
We laugh when it pops up in our inbox: the scam letter promising a windfall. We wonder: How does anybody fall for these things? But it is no laughing matter. It is one of the biggest organized crime rackets in the world, it is deadly - and State Department crisis manager Judd Ryker has fallen right into the middle of it.
The disappearance of a young American in London sends Ryker into the heart of a corruption scandal in Nigeria, at the same time his CIA agent wife Jessica finds herself chasing a Russian master criminal known as the Bear. Unknown to either of them, they are pulling at two ends of the same lethal thread, a staggeringly vicious enterprise of piracy, extortion, and murder.
The world is messy and dangerous, Jessica warns her husband.More dangerous than you know. But he is about to find out.
In Moss's rewarding fourth Judd Ryker political thriller (after 2016's Ghosts of Havana), Judd, the head of the State Department's Crisis Reaction Unit, takes on the job of locating financial firm employee Jason Saunders. Jason, who went missing in London, may have gotten mixed up in a scam centered in Nigeria. Judd is dispatched from Washington, D.C., to Nigeria, where he also looks into death threats received by Nigerian judge Bola Akinola and the kidnapping of famous basketball player Tunde Babatunde. Meanwhile, Judd's CIA agent wife, Jessica, is ordered into Russia to infiltrate the operation of a mobster nicknamed the Bear. Judd competently handles everything dished out to him, but Jessica's superior spying skills are the real show-stoppers. The book is at least one subplot too long, but by the end fans will be happy to follow the couple into whatever trouble the U.S. government has in store for them next.)
Not a Straightforward Assignment
The Shadow List is the fourth book in the Judd Ryker series. This is the first book written by Todd Moss that I have read so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was a well written espionage thriller. While this is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. There is some violence.
The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat all of that info here. Overall, this book is about Judd and his wife Jessica and their jobs unknowingly overlapping. As usual not everyone or everything is as it seems. While the storyline is somewhat predictable, there are enough twists and turns to keep you reading all the way to the end.
I received a copy of the book from First To Read and chose to leave a review for other readers. I hope that the author continues to write more book in this series!