In this fast-paced fourth thriller featuring Japanese antiquities expert Jim Brodie, a double-murder at the Kennedy Center forces the PI into a dangerous game of espionage—putting him in the crosshairs of the Chinese, North Korean, and American governments.
Jim Brodie is an antiques dealer, Japan expert, and second-generation private investigator. When two of his friends are murdered backstage at a Kennedy Center performance in Washington, DC, he’s devastated—and determined to hunt down the killer. He’s not the only one.
After the attack, Brodie is summoned to the White House. The First Lady was the college roommate of one of the victims, and she enlists Brodie—off the books—to use his Japanese connections to track down the assassin. Homeland Security head Tom Swelley is furious that the White House is meddling and wants Brodie off the case. Why? For the same reason a master Chinese spy known only as Zhou, one of the most dangerous men alive, appears on the scene: Those murders were no random act of violence.
Brodie flies to Tokyo to attend the second of two funerals, when his friend’s daughter Anna is kidnapped during the ceremony. It is then Brodie realizes that the murders were simply bait to draw her out of hiding. Anna, it seems, is the key architect of a top-secret NSA program that gathers the personal secrets of America’s most influential leaders. Secrets so damaging that North Korea and China will stop at nothing to get them.
“As usual in a Barry Lancet novel, the action scenes are first-rate…and the knowledge he imparts about Asian politics and culture is deep. A solid, consistently smart thriller” (Kirkus Reviews), The Spy Across the Table takes us on a wild ride around the world and keeps us on the edge of our seats until the very end.
A kabuki play at the Kennedy Center's Opera House in Washington, D.C., sets the stage for Lancet's fast-paced fourth thriller featuring Japanese antiquities expert Jim Brodie (after 2016's Pacific Burn). Jim is happy to arrange for an old college friend of his, Michael "Mikey" Dillman, to meet another friend, Sayuri "Sharon" Tanaka both of them renowned production designers in a room backstage. Unfortunately, someone shoots them there, killing Sharon and mortally wounding Mikey, before escaping. The U.S. president's wife, Joan Slater, who was a close friend of Sharon, hires Jim to find the murderer and insists that Jim share any information he discovers with Tom Swelley, a Homeland Security agent. Despite the First Lady's instruction that they work together, Tom physically threatens Jim to get him to back off of the investigation. Jim's mission takes him to Asia, including both North and South Korea, where he confronts great dangers and jeopardizes his serious relationship with his girlfriend. Lancet keeps the suspense high through the exciting climax.