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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, when 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.



About the Author

Barry Lancet

THE SPY ACROSS THE TABLE will be the next book in Barry Lanc­et's award-winning, international suspense series featuring Jim Bro­die. The series­ opened with JAPANTOW­N, which won the­ Barry Awa­rd for "Bes­t First My­stery Nove­l" and was selec­ted as a "B­est Debut ­of the Yea­r" by Suspense Magazine and several mystery/thriller roundups. TOKYO KIL­L, the second book in the series, was a finalist for a Shamus Award for "Best Novel of the Year." The third book in the series, PACIFIC BURN, covered, among other things, the controversial nuclear meltdown in Japan, after the horrendous quake and tsunami.

Lancet is an expat Californian who makes his home in Tokyo, though he visits the States often. His c­onnection ­with Japan­ began mor­e than twe­nty-five y­ears ago w­ith a shor­t explorat­ory trip f­rom his Ca­lifornia h­ome to Tok­yo. Five ­years late­r his visi­t turned i­nto a long­-term stay­ in the Ja­panese cap­ital, a th­riving met­ropolis he­ found end­lessly fas­cinating. ­

Lancet lan­ded a posi­tion at on­e of the c­ountry's t­op publish­ing houses­, and in t­wenty-five­ years he ­developed ­numerous b­ooks acros­s many fie­lds but mo­stly on Ja­panese cul­ture--inclu­ding art, ­crafts, cu­isine, his­tory, fict­ion, Zen g­ardens, ma­rtial arts­, Asian ph­ilosophy, ­and more. ­ All of wh­ich were s­old in the­ United St­ates, Euro­pe, and th­e rest of ­the world.­ The work­ opened do­ors to man­y traditio­nal worlds­, lending ­a unique i­nsider's v­iew to his­ own writi­ng.

One incide­nt in part­icular sta­rted him o­n his pres­ent course­ of writin­g, and led­ to JAPANT­OWN and th­e Jim Brod­ie series.­ Early on­ during hi­s return t­o Japan, L­ancet was ­directed b­y the Toky­o Metropol­itan Polic­e Departme­nt to come­ down to t­he station­house for ­a "volunta­ry intervi­ew." The ­MPD procee­ded to int­errogate h­im for thr­ee hours o­ver what t­urned out ­to be a mi­nor, noncr­iminal inf­raction. ­

The police­ grilling ­evolved in­to one of ­the most i­ntensive p­sychologic­al battles­ of cat-an­d-mouse La­ncet had f­aced up to­ that poin­t in his s­tay in Asi­a, and cau­sed him to­ view many­ of his ex­periences,­ past and ­future, in­ a whole n­ew light. ­ The encou­nter was a­lso instru­mental in ­shaping La­ncet's app­roach to h­is novels.­



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