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Returning to a narrative format that shifts between time periods, Khoury (The Devil's Elixir; The Last Templar) reunites us with FBI agent Sean Reilly in this thrilling historical mystery. Just as Reilly is undertaking a furtive manhunt for the CIA agent he believes harmed his son, he's called to the scene of a potential crime: a Russian embassy attache has plunged to his death from an apartment window. The apartment's owners are missing, and it soon becomes apparent that nothing is as it seems. Reilly partners with a female Russian FSB agent to uncover the truth before decades of big lies converge with a small, mysterious device to yield devastating consequences. Somehow a Russian emigre, Russian mobsters, Korean gang members, and Rasputin are all connected, and Reilly and company had better figure out how-quickly. VERDICT Readers unfamiliar with Khoury's "Templar" series featuring Sean Reilly can jump in here without feeling lost. The author provides enough contextual backstory for new readers without risking vexing loyal fans. His ample cultural references are fresh, and most should withstand the test of time. History, mystery, suspense, and action-Khoury knows the recipe for a good read. [See Prepub Alert, 4/22/13.]-Laura Cifelli, Fort Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., FL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.