Last Instructions

St. Martin's. May 2018. 336p. tr. from Hebrew by Steven Cohen. ISBN 9781250097613. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250097620. THRILLER
The story of Agent 10483, a psychopathic former Israeli spy, continues in this sequel to Three Envelopes. The agent was responsible for three top-secret missions that resulted in significant collateral damage. After undergoing multiple "transformations," an intensive hypnosis that can manipulate behavior, Agent 10483 was supposed to expire, but his suicide attempt was thwarted by a passing ambulance. Nine years later, the agent has emerged from a coma and begun his plan for revenge on the Organization that betrayed him. He abducts the wife of a top Organization official and then sets off to retrieve a nuclear warhead hidden in Bolivia with plans to detonate it and cause the most damage possible—physically and politically. Soon Agent 10483 has multiple assassins after him along with Carmit, the scientist who performed the transformations.
VERDICT Hezroni, who draws on his years of working in military intelligence, writes a dark and suspenseful high-tech thriller. Alternating points of view, the novel portrays the sophisticated world of espionage while also delving into the mind of a conflicted scientist and disturbed but methodical killer.

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