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Why is CIA officer George Branson dead in Dubai? It looks like straight detective work, finding out what George has been up to and why he’s dead, but when former CIA analyst Lee Carruthers arrives in Dubai, she walks into a deadly war between two rival Merchants of Death vying for market share. She learns that George has worked for each man under a different name. With his own, that gives George three identities. Which man is dead? Has George really been working for the Agency, or has he sold out and, if so, to whom? Who are the men following her? And why does she keep finding diamonds?
I woke up in the dark lying on a hard surface. As I tried to make sense of where I was, I suddenly began to slide from side to side. Wherever I was it was swinging. I felt around, trying to find something to hold on to. Up. A ceiling. Close. Either hand touched something when I put my arms out. Something. I was in a box, and it was swinging from side to side. Then my stomach lurched, and I heard the whine. I was in a box. A box that had been dumped somewhere. I began to breathe rapidly. A small space. A really small space. I couldn’t catch my breath. Where? I began to sweat. Control. Something bad. Only control. I kicked, which only showed me how small the box was. I heard the whine again and something bumped next to me. Another box? If they put a box on top of me—I wiped the sweat from my face. My lungs threatened to burst out of my chest, and I rocked from side to side. I hate small spaces. I hate small spaces. Dangerously near hysteria, I fought for control. Control was the only thing that would save me. Control. I breathed deeply once. Twice. Three times. I was trembling. Did I want to die there? More deep breaths. I became sane enough to think.
My Take 3.5/5
Dead in Dubai is book two in the Lee Caruthers Series. Lee is a female CIA agent who deal with dangerous types who like to assassinate world leaders and blow things up. The story opens with a ski scene right out of a James Bond movie. Lee finds herself in Dubai investigating the death of a fellow agent, who might have had some ulterior motives.
Dead in Dubai bills itself as a spy thriller and leaps from one action scene to the next without taking a breath in between. There are plenty of antagonists too to ramp up the conflict. The location'setting make the book a bit more mysterious Few of us can claim to have visited Dubai.
Overall, this was a good book for its genre. The use of a first person narrative bothered me, but then, I've never liked first person narrative. So that's more of a personal choice than a jab. Many people love first point of view because they say it helps them to feel closer to the action.
Looking for a good spy thriller, then I'm sure you'll enjoy this one.
Marilynn Larew has had a lot of variety in her life. She lived in six states and two foreign countries before settling down in southern Pennsylvania. She went to twelve schools before she graduated from high school and two more before she finished her PhD in history. Moving around so much, she found the public library a refuge and her library card a magic carpet to foreign lands. She taught for some years in the University System of Maryland, courses such as US history, architectural history, the history of terrorism, and Vietnamese military history. She also worked in historic preservation and wrote two books of local history about Bel Air, the county seat of Harford County in Maryland.
She writes what she likes to read – thrillers that are located in foreign countries. She likes to collect cookbooks on foreign cuisines and often cooks from them.
She’s married, with two children, two grandchildren, and a new great granddaughter. She lives with her husband on the Mason-Dixon line in southern Pennsylvania in a two hundred-year-old brick farmhouse.
She’s a member of the Sisters in Crime, the Guppies, and the Chinese Military History Society.