Review: ‘The Eighth Sister’ is a gripping thriller

By JEFF AYERS Associated Press

9 April 2019, 00:18

• 2 min read

This cover image released by Thomas and Mercer shows "The Eighth Sister," by Robert Dugoni. (Thomas and Mercer via AP)
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“The Eighth Sister” by Robert Dugoni (Thomas and Mercer).

Charles Jenkins has left his time in the CIA far behind and now lives with his family on a farm on a remote island in Washington state. His wife is expecting their second child, and he runs a security consulting business to pay the bills. When financial issues force him to contemplate how to pay his employees while at the same time keeping his wife as stress-free as possible due to pregnancy complications, Jenkins receives an offer he should refuse.

The initial routine assignment soon turns deadly when Jenkins stumbles upon a buried secret, and with that comes the wrath of a Russian intelligence officer. He wants Jenkins eliminated, and like Javert in “Les Miserables,” will not give up under any circumstances. Now it becomes a race as Jenkins tries to escape foreign territory while the climate favors an angry Russian official who wants his brand of justice.

Robert Dugoni has crafted a thriller with “The Eighth Sister” that echoes the best of classic Russian literature with a hint of John LeCarre added to the mix. When the storyline veers into predictability, the narrative takes a drastic turn and becomes a legal drama that will remind readers of Scott Turow’s best. This novel is destined to be a classic in the genre, and Dugoni is arguably one of the best writers in the field right now.

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