Once A Spy

Once A Spy

Book - 2010
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Drummond Clark was once a spy of legendary proportions. Now Alzheimer's disease has taken its toll and he's just a confused old man who's wandered away from home, waiting for his son to fetch him. When Charlie Clark takes a break from his latest losing streak at the track to bring Drummond back to his Brooklyn home, they find it blown sky high-and then bullets start flying in every direction. At first, Charlie thinks his Russian "creditors" are employing aggressive collection tactics. But once Drummond effortlessly hot-wires a car as their escape vehicle, Charlie begins to suspect there's much more to his father than meets the eye. He soon discovers that Drummond's unremarkable career as an appliance salesman was actually a clever cover for an elaborate plan to sell would-be terrorists faulty nuclear detonators. Drummond's intricate knowledge of the "device" is extremely dangerous information to have rattling around in an Alzheimer's-addled brain. The CIA wants to "contain" him--and so do some other shady characters who send Charlie and Drummond on a wild chase that gives "father and son quality time" a whole new meaning. With Once a Spy, Keith Thomson makes his debut on the thriller stage with energy, wit, and style to spare. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385530781
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 25 cm.


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Oct 12, 2015

Loved it. Fast and funny at times - Alzheimers isn't but this works!

Apr 29, 2014

Couldn't get into it. I gave up after the 100-page test

Mar 16, 2013

This could have been an entertaining book, if the author weren't trying so hard to be funny. It's like a bad sit-com. I usually finish novels, even the not-so-good ones. But this one is just a waste of time and I bailed about half-way.

Aug 05, 2010

Great premise. Filled with humour, action and great characters. The last act unraveled a bit, but still a fun read.

Jun 21, 2010

This is about a spy who has Alzheimer's. Cool, dark, and funny.


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