The Cutout

Publisher: Bantam
CUTOUT: A third person used to conceal the contact between two people. A pawn.

They were partners — lovers in a business where betrayal is a heartbeat away. CIA analyst Caroline Carmichael lost her husband Eric when his plane was blown out of the sky by an elite group of terrorists known as 30 April.

Now her dead husband has surfaced among those responsible for an explosion that rocks Berlin — and the brutal kidnapping of the U.S. Vice President. Uncertain of Eric’s motives and loyalties, the Agency plays its last, best card: Eric’s wife — the Cutout.

Is Eric a rogue agent gone bad? Or has he thrown himself under deep cover to terminate a ruthless psychopath? Caroline is drawn into a dizzying maze where one wrong turn will mean certain death ... and in which the Cutout will be the first to fall.

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Berlin, 12:03 p.m.

She was a small woman; the press had always made much of that. On this crisp November morning in the last days of a bloody century, she stood tiptoe on a platform designed to lift her within sight of the crowd. They were a polyglot mass — threadbare German students,...
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PRAISE FOR

“A high-action thriller.”
USA Today

“Fascinating, harrowing, page-flipping intrigue ... A vivid tale of seduction, betrayal,revenge, and international political intrigue.”
The Christian Science Monitor

“Fast moving. Mathews has no shortage of imagination.”
People

“Thrills you with the CIA, a kidnapping and the hunt. Starts with a bang.”
The Denver Post

“A brilliantly intelligent and thrilling read.”
— Liz Smith, Newsday


And coming soon in hardcover from Bantam Books:

The Secret Agent

By Francine Mathews