MYSTERY

The Woman from Prague: An Ash McKenna Novel

Polis. Jul. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781943818471. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781943818709. M
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Having left the United States to escape his past, amateur PI Ash McKenna has drifted to the Czech capitol of Prague. There he is approached by a shadowy man named Roman who blackmails him into intercepting a package carried by bank employee Samantha Sobolik. But even the best-laid plans often go awry, and it turns out that the information drop is actually an assassination attempt. Soon competing spies are emerging to target Ash and Sam. Out of his element and in over his head, Ash must trust and abide by the famous Moscow Rules (a checklist of ten espionage tips developed during the Cold War) to survive.
VERDICT Hart's fast-moving series adventure fuses gritty noir elements with high-octane international suspense; although this is the fourth title in the series (after South Village), it can be read as a stand-alone.

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