The Traitor

Bantam. (Alias Emma, Bk. 2). Sept. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780593496848. pap. $17. THRILLER
After a numbers analyst for MI6 is found horribly murdered in his apartment, Emma Makepeace—a spy in a secret government agency so secret that it doesn’t even have a name—is one of the agents assigned to investigate. The victim is the son of a lord, and Emma’s boss Ripley is under a lot of pressure to solve the case. Emma soon realizes that the dead man was working on a closed case involving chemical weapons, wealthy Russians, and a possible double agent in British intelligence service. In order to uncover the traitor and stop the further sale of chemical weapons, Emma goes undercover on a yacht belonging to a Russian oligarch. Suspected right from her first moments on board, Emma unfortunately gives the oligarch and his henchman more ammunition to distrust her with her clumsy spying. Glass’s follow-up to series starter Alias Emma is a generic, predictable spy thriller. Readers will easily guess who the traitor is and grow frustrated with Emma for not being able to follow the clear clues to their identity.
VERDICT Recommended only for libraries where the first book was popular.
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