The Spy Across the Table : Jim Brodie

  • by Barry Lancet
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: Jim Brodie
  • 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this exciting international thriller featuring Japanese antiques art dealer and PI Jim Brodie, a double murder at the Kennedy Center forces Brodie into a dangerous game of espionage - putting him in the crosshairs of the Chinese, North Korean, and American governments.
Jim Brodie is an antiques dealer, Japan expert, and second-generation private investigator. When two theater friends are murdered backstage at a Kennedy Center performance in Washington, DC, he's devastated - and determined to hunt down the killer. He's not the only one.
After the attack Brodie is summoned to the White House. The first lady was the college roommate of one of the victims, and she enlists Brodie - off the books - to use his Japanese connections to track down the assassin. Homeland Security head Tom Swelley is furious that the White House is meddling and wants Brodie off the case. Why? For the same reason a master Chinese spy known only as Zhou, one of the most dangerous men alive, appears on the scene: Those murders were no random act of violence.
Brodie flies to Tokyo to attend the second of two funerals, and his friend's daughter, Anna, is kidnapped during the ceremony. It is then Brodie realizes that the murders were simply bait to draw her out of hiding. Anna, it seems, is the key architect of a top-secret NSA program that gathers the personal secrets of America's most influential leaders. Secrets so damaging that North Korea and China will stop at nothing to get them.
Publishers Weekly said, "Readers will want to see more of the talented Jim Brodie", and The Spy Across the Table is an edge-of-your-seat thriller in Barry Lancet's wildly popular and highly acclaimed series.


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Best Espionage book I've heard in a long time!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and did not want it to end! This is the 4th book in the Jim Brodie series. I don't think it really matters if they are read in order as each book is a stand alone mystery, the author gives some background to relationships in each book.
This book begins with Brodie introducing his friend and college roommate to a Japanese friend, they are both murdered and Brodie feels extremely guilty. In The meanwhile the First Lady of the US contacts him as his other person killer used to be her roommate in college. Following the murders Brodie goes to Japan for his friend's funeral and the woman's daughter is kidnapped during the service.
Here begins a wild espionage story that will keep you not only interested but on the edge of your seat wanting to know more. Traveling through Japan, China and N. Korea Brodie doesn't know who to trust. Even with the President and First Lady assisting from the states Brodie still manages to get himself kidnapped while trying to rescue his deceased friend's daughter. He is tortured for information and scheduled for execution... I have to end my commentary there or ruin this excellent book for someone else.
The end was kind of sad and I'm not sure if it will be a lead into the next book or (?).
Scott Brick does a phenomenal job narrating.
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- shelley

Great espionage thriller!

Audible listener Shelley introduced me to the Jim Brodie series by Barry Lancet with her September 2014 review of Tokyo Kill which is book 2 in the series. I did not follow her until early 2015, but I did read her old reviews. Since then her Audible reviews have led me to many more great books and authors. If you are a fan of action and suspense novels of the mystery/thriller genre you should be following Shelley's reviews. Audible recognizes Shelley by listing her first on its mystery/thriller list of reviewers on the Listener Page. (Although we both live in NC, I have never met or communicated with Shelley.)

The quality Barry Lancet 's novels deserves a much larger audience than he has. His novels are set mostly in Japan and to a lesser degree in the US. Protagonist Jim Brodie is a Japanese antiques dealer while he also owns a worldwide private investigations agency inherited from his father and which is headquartered in Tokyo. Author Lancet, like author Steve Berry in his Cotton Malone series, ends his novels with author's notes where he tells what real about the places, history, and people and what he has fabricated to enhance the story.

The first three novels in the Jim Brodie series are of the modern detective genre. The Spy Across the Table is pure espionage. This novel has Brodie going back an forth between Japan and the US, but much of it is set in China, North Korea and near/in the DMZ in South Korea. Scott Brick narrates novels 2, 3 and 4 in the Jim Brodie series. There is simply no narrator better for the mystery/thriller genre than Scott Brick.

I have not listened to Japan Town, the first novel in the series, but I highly recommend novels 2, 3 and 4 of the Jim Brodie series.
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- Wayne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2017
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio