“10 Books to Read if You’re Loving The Night Agent”
Congratulations to our own Gayle Lynds whose award-winning spy novel, The Assassins, came in at number three on The Real Book Spy’s readers hot recommended list.
Gayle Lynds, the undisputed queen of espionage, outdid herself with her 2015 thriller, The Assassin. The second book in her Judd Ryder and Eva Blake series, this one kicks off with six master assassins—each a “legend in the dark corners of international espionage”—banding together to steal a fortune from the middle of a war zone. Instead, things go terribly wrong, and all six killers go to ground.
Years later, in the present day, FBI agent Judd Ryder is walking home when he sees a man exit his house wearing his clothes. The man bears a striking resemblance to Judd, causing the FBI agent’s antenna to go up. However, before Judd can confront the imposter, the man is killed—leaving Judd with the chilling realization that someone just tried to eliminate him.
But why? And why was someone pretending to be him?
Those are the questions he suddenly must answer—and quickly—before the killer realizes their mistake and comes to finish the job. In his effort to make sense of things, Judd realizes that the assassins are back. So too is a very dangerous man from his past. And they’re all racing, killing anyone who stands in their way, to uncover a deep conspiracy that could lead to billions of dollars.
Much like “The Night Agent,” Lynds dials up the suspense here in a way that’ll have you flipping pages well into the night.
Gayle Lynds is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of ten international thrillers, including The Assassins, The Book of Spies, and The Last Spymaster. Gayle’s career began when her short stories were published in literary journals while she wrote male pulp novels under aliases. Since then, her fiction has won numerous awards. Publishers Weekly lists Masquerade among the top ten spy novels of all time. Library Journal hails her as “the reigning queen of espionage fiction.” She’s co-founder (with David Morrell) of International Thriller Writers and lives in Maine with her husband, John C. Sheldon, a retired judge who’s now writing fiction, poor man, and one very bossy geriatric cat.
Since launching The Real Book Spy, Ryan Steck has broken relevant industry news, written hundreds of book reviews, and conducted interviews with many of the genre’s top thriller authors on his way to becoming one of the most respected voices among thriller fans. A former sports writer who transitioned into publishing word in 2014, Steck worked as a book critic and reviewer for several other websites and media outlets before launching The Real Book Spy in December of 2015. Since then, he’s worked with a number of authors as a “book doctor,” and earned a loyal following of diehard readers and become the go-to source for all things thriller.