Bestselling Author Gayle Lynds Releases High-Action Espionage Thriller, "The Last Spymaster"

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"The Last Spymaster" is a relentless global espionage thriller that will appeal to America’s post-9/11 appetite for information about the covert world. This high-action thriller is a suspenseful tale that shows how a would-be spy is trained in the field under the stern discipline of a great spymaster while at the same time having to face the hard truths of espionage’s inherent moral ambiguity, personal costs, and sacrifices.

"The Last Spymaster"

By Gayle Lynds

St. Martin’s Press Hardcover Fiction

Publication: June 2006

ISBN: 0-312-30159-6

$24.95 ($33.95 Canadian)

6 ¼ ” x 9 ¼” / 464 Pages

“Today’s finest espionage writer unleashes an instant classic.”

–Lee Child on "The Last Spymaster"

"'The Last Spymaster' has fascinating characters, nerve-tingling pace, and a great story. It reminds me of Robert Ludlum at his very best. I promise it will keep you turning the pages well into the night. This latest effort cements Gayle Lynds’ reputation as one of the premier espionage authors of our time."

-Vince Flynn on "The Last Spymaster"

"'The Last Spymaster' is a sizzling thrill ride. Seamlessly melding global politics, cutting-edge technology, and the dark world of espionage into a compelling, full-blooded novel, Gayle Lynds proves once again that she's a master of the spy thriller."

– Steve Berry on "The Last Spymaster"

"The Last Spymaster"

By Gayle Lynds

Legendary spymaster Jay Tice has vanished from the fortresslike Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex in Pennsylvania. A Cold War icon in world intelligence, Tice was the powerful chief of the CIA’s elite clandestine services at the time of his arrest. Convicted of selling secrets that seriously compromised U.S. security, Tice has been serving a life sentence at the maximum security prison – until one dawn the guards find his locked cell empty.

Elaine Cunningham, a top CIA hunter, is assigned to track him down. But as she probes the spymaster’s disappearance, she’s caught up in a vortex of lies and violence. After narrowly escaping a massacre, Cunningham discovers Tice is now hunting her.

In a stunning reversal, she soon learns much more is at stake than the escape of a traitor – because lurking in the shadows of covert agencies, illegal weapons traders, secret information dealers, and cover-ups are conspiracies far more dangerous than even Tice’s crimes.

"The Last Spymaster" is a relentless global espionage thriller featuring cutting-edge “smart” technology and little-known insider details of the clandestine life. Immensely entertaining, it easily reaffirms Lynds as a leading master of the international spy novel.

Americans Want to Know More - "The Decade of the Spy"

With CIA applications at record highs following the catastrophic events of 9/11, never before has there been such interest in the covert world. This has become the Decade of the Spy (see Lynds’s essay).

"The Last Spymaster" appeals directly to Americans’ appetite to know more, with a thrilling behind-the-scenes tale showing how a would-be spy is trained in the field under the stern discipline of a great spymaster while at the same time having to face the hard truths of espionage’s inherent moral ambiguity, personal costs, and sacrifices as well as the remarkable courage and triumphs of those who seek to do good and are dedicated to serving the country.

About the Author

A former “think tank” editor with Top Secret clearance, Gayle Lynds is the New York Times best-selling author of "The Coil", "Masquerade," "Mosiac" and "Mesmerized." She is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Operatives and the Military Writers Society of America as well as co-founder and co-president (with David Morrell) of International Thriller Writers, Inc. Lynds also co-created the best-selling Covert-One series with Robert Ludlum and wrote three of the novels – "The Hades Factor," "The Paris Option," and "The Altman Code." She lives in California, where her husband, renowned detective novelist Dennis Lynds, died recently, in August 2005.

About International Thriller Writers, Inc (ITW)

Founded in October 2004 at a meeting called by Gayle Lynds and David Morrell at the Bouchercon World Suspense Conference, ITW has grown quickly into an industry force. It boasts a Who’s Who of more than 300 thriller authors, many of whom are New York Times bestsellers. Their worldwide sales exceed an amazing 1.6 billion books. The association’s first anthology, thriller, which Lynds conceived, will be published May 30, followed immediately by "The Last Spymaster", then by the world’s first international thriller convention, ITW’s ThrillerFest.

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