|Plot Summary of Once a Spy|
|"Bill Blaney is an ex-spy who worked in Berlin 17 years ago. One day reading the paper, he reads of the apparent suicide of one of his co-workers from his spy days in Berlin. One of his old boss contacts him to tell him that it wasn't suicide....it was murder! In addition to this, there are also two other co-workers murdered and one attempted murder. Blaney could be next.
He is sent by his old boss back to Germany and Italy to talk with the other members of the old spy ring to try to ascertain why people are being murdered and who is doing it and why it is only happening 17 years after their assignments.
Back in Berlin 17 years ago, an informer in the German political arena, wanted to leave East Berlin to go to the West and "go straight". However he got caught at the border and killed. Now all those who worked for this operation are a target.
The main suspects are Kreutzer, a blackmailer who wanted 500,000 to help get the politician out of the East,
Joe Bonucci, the "casual muscle" of the operation, who now seems to have a lot of money running his own circus,
Ferdy Tuke, who has just been sacked from British Intelligence and has a severly autistic daughter,
Franklyn, a boss who had a lot of money to do up his estate, and a millionaire who put a bomb under Kreutzer's car.
All had money or motive for the crime."
Louisa Eggleton, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Once a Spy|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
- preventing/finding assassin
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards lover
Who's the terrorist enemy here?
- spy ring
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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