The Last Spymaster

Gayle Lynds

St. Martin's Press

Charles Jay Tice was a spy's spy--a legendary figure in the CIA, and the intelligence world in general, towards the end of the Cold War. But he was also a traitor, having sold secrets that seriously compromised the U.S. for years to come. Since his conviction, he's been kept in the tightest maximum security prison under the tightest security. Until one morning, his cell is discovered empty--Tice has disappeared without even the hint of trace.
Agent Elaine Cunningham is a 'hunter', assigned to find Tice quickly, before the rest of the world knows he's gone. But she soon finds out that something is very wrong. This is more than just an impossible escape by a master spy--lurking in the shadows is a much bigger, deeper, and more dangerous conspiracy than an old spy's last run for freedom.


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Chapter One
April 2005
Chaux de Mont, Switzerland
All days should be like this. All moments. Gerhard Shoutens hurtled down an expert ski run that paralleled a razorback ridge, following his friend Kristoph Maas. Sunlight drenched the snow-mantled Alps, and the wide sky was a vault of sapphire blue.
Gerhard reveled in the soaring exhilaration of speeding through the crisp new powder. "Das ist Wahnsinn!" he shouted into the wind.
Kristoph whooped in agreement. "Super! Toll!"
They flashed through a hushed stand of pines and into an


Praise for The Last Spymaster

 “Today’s finest espionage writer unleashes an instant classic!”
—Lee Child
“A sizzling thrill ride!”—Steve Berry
“Nerve-tingling…will keep you turning the pages well into the night.”—Vince Flynn
“As high octane as they come”—Chicago Tribune
“Plentiful tradecraft and relentless danger combine with some clever plot twists for an entertaining read.” —The Economist
“Lynds [is] superbly gifted…. Her narrative skills and her character-creation engine are as high octane as they come.”—Chicago Tribune

 “Lynds’ books have long been acclaimed for their authenticity in describing the covert world, and this one is no different. The Last Spymaster is filled with rich characters and details ripped from the world of espionage...reminiscent of the work of Robert Ludlum or Frederick Forsyth.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“The Queen of the international spy thriller is back with her best novel yet!  The Last Spymaster is tremendous…great plotting, fascinating characters, amazing technical accuracy, breath-taking action. But best of all is her unrelenting examination of the moral ambiguity inherent in intelligence and counter-terrorism. Set aside of a few days of your life for this one—it’s well worth it!”—Marcus Wynne, author of Brothers in Arms
“Non-stop…[a] stand out….An outstanding read.” —Wichita Falls Times Record News
"This classic espionage thriller from bestseller Lynds ... strikes a perfect balance between the private lives of her characters and the blood and betrayal of their professional adventures."
--Publishers Weekly
"Lynds' first-rate espionage novel is gripping and intense ... a never-ending, spine-tingling thrill ride that will keep readers glued to the pages."
--RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)
"Like the fearsome plunge on a dangerous roller coaster, this thriller's denouement gets your heartbeat racing up to just short of tachycardia speed....  Lynds ... has added another jewel to her tiara as one of the reigning queens of the international spy-thriller genre."
--Library Journal

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Fiction Review: The Last Spymaster by Gayle Lynds / Author . St. Martin's $24.95 (416p) ISBN 978-0-312-30159-0

This classic espionage thriller from bestseller Lynds (The Coil ) strikes a perfect balance between the private lives of her characters and the blood and betrayal

- Publishers Weekly

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  • Gayle Lynds

  • Gayle Lynds is the New York Times bestselling author of four thrillers, including The Coil, as well as co-author of three novels with Robert Ludlum. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.
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