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A sequel to the New York Times best-selling novel, Masquerade, The Coil picks up several years later. Liz Sansborough, former CIA agent and now an academic, has managed to put the pieces of her life back together. But Sansborough has a dark secret, she is the daughter of the one of the most notorious Cold War assassins, The Carnivore. When a series of prominent political figures are blackmailed into certain actions or die in suspicious ways, the CIA becomes convinced that someone has gotten hold of the Carnivore's files and is using that information to further some secret agenda. Sansborough herself, the closest living link to the Carnivore, is the target of a murder attempt, her offices are searched, her files stolen, and her TV program on the secrets of the Cold War inexplicably shelved by the network. When she learns her cousin Sarah Walker, who bears a close resemblance to Sansborough, is kidnapped off the street with the ransom demand being the Carnivore's missing, possibly apocryphal, files, Liz is determined to save her cousin and uncover the swirling conspiracy, linked to a shadowy group known as The Coil, centered around the legacy of her father. But she's far from the only one going after the truth behind the legendary assassin.
©2004 Gayle Lynds; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Tantalizing, plenty of suspense and action, great characters, and settings that span the world. I love it!" (Dale Brown)
"A panoramic backdrop of exotic European locales, breakneck pacing, a tough and brainy protagonist, and vicious villains....Spellbinding." (Chicago Sun-Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 05-16-11


I got turned on to Gayle Lynds when I realized that she was actually the author of some of the Robert Ludlum "Covert-One" novels. I enjoyed them so much that I began to look for her other books. This was my first and I was hooked! She is fantastic! Her characters are great and stories exciting and suspenseful!

I'm a big fan!!! If you like Ludlum, you'll love Gayle Lynds!

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4 out of 5 stars
By PhilR on 12-07-12

A great follow-up

Although this book can be enjoyed without having read the author's Masquerade, I don't think it can be fully appreciated. Both are excellent stories and well-paced. The narration of The Coil is good, but I didn't care for Ms. Reading's male British accents very much. Not distracting enough to lessen the book's enjoyment, but distracting none-the-less.

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