Marc Bernardin
October 01, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Gentleman's Game

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Greg Rucka
publisher
Bantam
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it an A

A series of firebombs go off in the London Underground — the smoke alone kills hundreds and paralyzes the city. Once the culprits are ID’d as Muslim extremists with ties to al-Qaeda, Tara Chace joins other British intelligence operatives on the bleeding edge of the government’s hastily conceived response. By mining the world of his award-winning Q&C comics, Greg Rucka has crafted his finest novel yet. A Gentleman’s Game is the rare spy thriller that rewards patient readers with action that feels earned, not forced, with facts that feel researched, not made up, and with revelations that cause shivers, not disbelief (e.g., a certain CIA analyst becoming president). And it doesn’t hurt that Chace is the most tough-as-nails-but-still-shag-worthy secret agent since Mata Hari.

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