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Safe houses / Dan Fesperman.

By: Fesperman, Dan, 1955- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Head of Zeus, 2018Copyright date: ©2018Description: 361 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781788547864 ; 9781788547871 .Subject(s): United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Conspiracies -- Fiction | Cold War -- Fiction | Maryland -- History -- 21st century -- Fiction | Berlin (Germany) -- History -- 1945-1990 -- FictionGenre/Form: Spy stories.Additional physical formats: ebook version: No titleSummary: West Berlin, October 1979. Helen Abell is a young American, employed by the CIA to oversee a number of safe houses. She arrives in Berlin, expecting excitement and intrigue, and is disappointed to find the city a Cold War backwater. But one night, during a routine house inspection, she stumbles upon two dark but very different secrets. If made public, they could damage the careers of high-ranking people with powerful ambitions. But Helen decides that the price of silence might be costlier still, so she covertly works to reveal the truth even as she risks her career. Maryland, August 2014. In a small farming town, a young man called Willard Shoat gets up one night and shoots his parents while they are sleeping. His sister Anna hires a private investigator to help her understand her brother's motives. As they delve into the events leading up to her parents' deaths, Anna uncovers some startling secrets from her mother's past...
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A SUNDAY TIMES CRIME CLUB STAR PICK. <p>West Berlin, October 1979. Helen Abell is a young American, employed by the CIA to oversee a number of safe houses . She arrives in Berlin, expecting excitement and intrigue, and is disappointed to find the city a Cold War backwater.</p> <p>But one night, during a routine house inspection, she stumbles upon two dark but very different secrets . If made public, they could damage the careers of high-ranking people with powerful ambitions. But Helen decides that the price of silence might be costlier still , so she covertly works to reveal the truth even as she risks her career .</p> <p>Maryland, August 2014. In a small farming town, a young man called Willard Shoat gets up one night and shoots his parents while they are sleeping . His sister Anna hires a private investigator to help her understand her brother's motives. As they delve into the events leading up to her parents' deaths, Anna uncovers some startling secrets from her mother's past... </p> <p> 'An intelligent novel with psychology foregrounded ... But can also raise readers' pulses' GUARDIAN . </p>

First published in the US in 2018 by Alfred A. Knopf.

West Berlin, October 1979. Helen Abell is a young American, employed by the CIA to oversee a number of safe houses. She arrives in Berlin, expecting excitement and intrigue, and is disappointed to find the city a Cold War backwater. But one night, during a routine house inspection, she stumbles upon two dark but very different secrets. If made public, they could damage the careers of high-ranking people with powerful ambitions. But Helen decides that the price of silence might be costlier still, so she covertly works to reveal the truth even as she risks her career. Maryland, August 2014. In a small farming town, a young man called Willard Shoat gets up one night and shoots his parents while they are sleeping. His sister Anna hires a private investigator to help her understand her brother's motives. As they delve into the events leading up to her parents' deaths, Anna uncovers some startling secrets from her mother's past...

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In 1979 West Berlin, Helen Abell works for the CIA managing safe houses. Her shrewd observation skills mark her as an agency employee who should be a field agent; in more gender-restricted 1979, she's relegated to glorified house-mothering. When Helen uncovers disturbing information about an agent, she acts, setting off a complex and dangerous chain of events with far-reaching consequences. In 2014 Maryland, a young man in between jobs lives quietly next door to a farmhouse where domestic violence suddenly strikes. Henry Mattick can't resist investigating the double homicide-a longtime farming couple murdered in their bed by their developmentally disabled son Willard. When Willard's sister Anna returns home to help Willard and try to grasp the situation, Henry agrees to assist. Their journey to the truth sends them down surprisingly dangerous paths, while Helen's narrative races toward them at a breakneck speed. VERDICT Fesperman (Lie in the Dark) delivers a breathtaking, intricate international spy novel unnervingly on point for the #MeToo moment. Recommended for enthusiasts of FX's The Americans looking for a fix as the show's final season draws to a close. [See Prepub Alert, 1/8/18.]-Julie Kane, Washington & Lee Lib., Lexington, VA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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