You Can Run

Ballantine. Aug. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9780593357798. $27. THRILLER
Three bold women star in the third suspense novel by former CIA analyst Cleveland (Keep You Close; Need To Know). Natasha Ivanovna is a Russian agent who aims to steal powerful new technology from the CIA by planting tips on the dark side of the internet. American CIA analyst Jill Bailey upends her life when her infant son Owen is kidnapped. She complies with the kidnapper’s demands: to approve a cable and never tell anyone of the incident; Owen is then returned safely. Four years later, the Pulitzer-hungry journalist Alex Charles dives into fresh clandestine tips. Her resulting exposé about faked intel at the CIA (as revealed by Natasha) puts Jill and her family in mortal danger. Convincingly, Cleveland puts Natasha, Jill, and Alex through a showdown.
VERDICT Cleveland weaves technology, motherhood, and spydom’s skullduggery into a taut, alluring web. Acclaimed for fiendishly clever plotting, she whips up the story to a breakneck pace, then rewards readers with a knockout ending. Fans of Stella Rimington’s series about MI5 agent Liz Carlyle will thrill to the steely grit and brave hearts of Jill and Alex.
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