Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage by David Ignatius

By David Ignatius

“You emerge from its pages as though from a top-level protection briefing—confident that you've got been permit in at the private secrets.”—Washington Post

Someone in Pakistan is killing the contributors of a brand new CIA unit attempting to purchase peace with America’s enemies. It falls to Sophie Marx, a tender officer with a massive chip on her shoulder, to determine who’s doing the killing and why. regrettably for Sophie, not anything is sort of what it sort of feels. it is a theater of violence and revenge, during which the final act is one who Sophie couldn't have imagined.

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Uncle Azim asked for several months to think about it. And now it was time. Akbar was to arrange a rendezvous spot. Gifts would be exchanged. Jeff Gertz loved the operation. It was a demonstration of what his new organization could do. Some of the old-timers who had joined The Hit Parade worried that the plan was half-baked, but Gertz insisted that it was solid. Somebody just needed to deliver the loot. He told his colleagues the same bromide he had offered to Egan: The thing about winners is that they know how to win.

People began to arrive soon after, and Marx fell into the atonal melody of office life. The sign out front of the building where Sophie Marx worked said that it was the headquarters of The Hit Parade LLP, a firm that according to its Dun & Bradstreet profile sold international music and television rights, negotiated licensing agreements and organized trade shows on the side. That explained the office in the Valley, big and roomy, but cheap, too. It explained the contacts with dozens of small firms and their peripatetic representatives, always flying off to strange locations.

Egan sat in the air-conditioned lobby to cool off, and a few minutes before seven, he took the elevator to the eighteenth floor. Hamid Akbar’s secretary nodded in humble recognition. Egan had visited only a few months before. Akbar came out of the office to greet him. “How do you do? ” Akbar took the American’s hand. ” Akbar was sweating, too. There were damp crescents under the arms of his tan suit, and the top of his shirt collar was moist. Well, why not? It was June. His face was soft and pudgy in the cheeks.

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