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3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  78 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews

Every deep-cover intelligence agent has a spooker. It's his escape hatch--a stash that contains false identification, keys to a hidden car or boat or plane, weapons, and money--lots of money.

It took U.S. intelligence a longtime to figure out that somone was stalking and killing agents for their spookers. It was the perfect crime, almost. Agents are killed every day by peop
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 15th 1997 by Tor Books (first published November 1st 1995)
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Jun 20, 2013 Zora marked it as couldnt-get-into
is the whole thing exposition? The first six chapters are. It's like reading a very dull government report.
Jan 22, 2015 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
This book really held my attention. It is very different than the usual thriller. Starts off dry and slow, but builds up to an exciting concept that kept me marveling at Ing's inventiveness. The bad guys are really creepy and sick, and the ending is a shocker.
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Jan 09, 2015 Chris Stutts rated it liked it
If I recall correctly, this is the book that mentions that the Vienna Inn (an actual place down the street from where I worked) was a CIA hangout.
Oct 08, 2013 Petra rated it did not like it
This was one of those very rare instances where I could not bring myself to finish a book. I have read and enjoyed Ing's work in the past, so I was hopeful with this book, but there was a scene that I found so repugnant and disturbing that I couldn't complete it.
Jun 17, 2007 Donovan rated it liked it
I had a love/hate relationship with this book. For a thriller, you can't get much better in character development then Ing does in this novel. Descriptions of serial killers act though were horrible and almost unreadable.
Sep 28, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had forgotten how good Dean Ing is. Psycho-thriller at its best. Well worth the time to track down.
Dec 12, 2012 Dustin rated it it was ok
Great descriptions of tradecraft colliding with the world of serial killers, hated the ending.
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Dean Charles Ing is an American author, who usually writes in the science fiction and techno-thriller genres.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Fresno State University (1956), a master’s degree from San Jose State University (1970), and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon (1974). It was his work in communication theory at the University of Oregon that prompted him to turn to writing in the 1970s
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