Sympathy for the Devil

Polis. Jul. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9781940610344. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781940610474. F
James Hicks heads the University, a below-the-radar agency with access to every conceivable kind of support for its covert operations. When an asset sets Hicks up for assassination, he sets out to discover why and uncovers a plot to release an Ebola-like virus in several U.S. sites at once: millions will die and panic will spread across the country. In a race to the finish line, Hicks works to stop this potential disaster. Hicks is an intriguing protagonist, an emotional cipher until engaged in the hunt. Then his passions burn bright.
VERDICT The action is fast and furious in this hard-as-nails thriller but what sets it apart is McCauley's (Prohibition; Slow Burn) grasp of how modern spy technology finds and tracks its targets. [See Kristi Chadwick's mystery feature, "Not Your Usual Suspects," LJ 4/15/15.—Ed.]
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