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Original Sin by Beth McMullen
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Jun 04, 11

Read in June, 2011

Meet Lucy Hamilton. She's just your average San Francisco stay-at-home mom. Except, you know, that she was a spy for the United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction (USAWMD). She was recruited right out of college, and she spent time travelling the world doing various jobs, as assigned by her supervisor Simon. And then she met the love of her life. She left the USAWMD and set out to discover normalcy -- whatever THAT is.

Although her husband, Will, is convinced that he has yet to uncover all of her secrets, she's made a great life with him. He's out to save the world by recycling, driving a hybrid, and reducing their carbon footprint, all the while not knowing that his wife spent many years saving the world from things like nuclear threats and foreign spies. They have a three-year-old son named Theo, who she adores and is a bit over-protective of, having discovered that danger lurks in the oddest places.

Suddenly, one day, Simon reappears in her life to let her know that the USAWMD needs her again. Her nemesis Ian Blackford has resurfaced, and her services are required. The thing is, she and Ian have a complicated relationship in that he keeps kidnapping her. So she really isn't all that invested in helping with this mission. But there is that small matter of the world to be saved.

This book was funny, smart, and intriguing. Lucy was the right combination of witty but clumsy. She wasn't so dim that I wondered how she could still be alive, but she had enough faults that she felt human. She was also bright enough that I could see how she could be a capable spy and a compelling partner to Will.

The end was excellent, and I hope there's a follow-up book.
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