Need To Know

8 CDs. 9:30 hrs. Books on Tape. Jan. 2018. ISBN 9780525530619. $35. digital download. F
OrangeReviewStarFormer CIA analyst Cleveland's debut novel is premised on a big "what if." What if you found out after a decade that the person you married and built a life and a family with was not only keeping a huge secret but actually had entered your life just to learn the secrets of your job? This is exactly what CIA counterintelligence analyst Vivian Miller learns when she uncovers the identities of five Russian sleeper agents and one of them is her husband. By mixing the action of a spy thriller and the internal dialog of a loving wife and mother, Cleveland sends listeners on a journey into the private hell that Vivian's life becomes. Narrator Mia Barron gives a performance that is understated yet elegant.
VERDICT This very detailed, exciting thriller is highly recommended. ["A rousing Act II to the excitement of TV's The Americans and the novels of Chris Pavone": LJ 10/1/17 starred review of the Ballantine hc.]

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