Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Anonymous Sources by Mary Louise Kelly

Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication: June 18, 2013
Source: Publisher

An intriguing thriller from a former NPR correspondent about a young reporter who must match wits with spies, assassins and a terrorist sleeper cell targeting the very heart of American power.

If, on an early summer's night, you wanted to kill a man, how would you do it? Would you lay a trap, sharpen a dagger, uncork a poison?

Personally, I've always leaned toward the dramatic.

But looking back, I wonder now if the events of last summer didn't begin with a quieter sort of murder.

So ponders Alexandra James, a beautiful, driven, yet troubled New England Chronicle reporter. She is assigned to cover the death of Thom Carlyle, son of one of the most powerful men in Washington. Just back from a year abroad, Thom falls from the top of a Harvard bell tower on a warm summer night. Did he jump, or was he pushed? For Alex James, who can get in anywhere, sleep with anyone, out-drink and out-shop her demons, it is the story of a lifetime. As she chases leads from Harvard Yard to the courtyards of Cambridge, England, to a clandestine rendezvous in London, to the inside of a nuclear terrorist network...the intrigue seems to suit her.

But nothing is what it seems. When she arrives back in Washington, DC, for a key interview that promises to tie together the leads she has puzzled out, Alex the hunter becomes Alex the hunted. An assassin is dispatched...Her laptop disappears...Her phone is tapped...And she begins to grasp that Thom Carlyle may have been killed to hide a terrifying conspiracy within the White House itself. Former NPR Intelligence correspondent Mary Louise Kelly has turned her own real-life reporting adventures into fiction with this stylish spy thriller.

Alexandra is a 28 year old reporter for the New England Chronicle. She absolutely loves her job and is always looking for the next big thing to further her career.  After investigating the death of the son of a White House lawyer.

Alex is a smart, determined, and ambitious career woman always looking for the next big break for a story. She was a bit frustrating to me at times though because some of the choices she made were questionable and not so smart.

Anonymous Sources is one of those stories, that once I got into it, it was easy for me to keep reading. For this being the author’s first book, I thought it was good. The story moved at a fast pace and was filled with lots of detail and action.  It was an enjoyable story and kept me entertained. The mystery was very well laid out. There are plenty of surprises, twists, and intrigue to go around.

RATING: 3½ out of 5.
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