it's time for a Spy novel. the high given by Black Water Lilies (see smart-ass Review), made me--at first--lean right towards reading a straight-up Whodunit, to try and get the same high. but as I bit a piece of chicken, I realized I didn't want anything competing with what is a hard act to follow if ever there was one. that said...if this Espionage book has twists, cleverness, and a finale that goes 'BAM, BRAIN!...How's that for another BAM!', I will not be unhappy.