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The Amateur Spy

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The Amateur Spy

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Dan Fesperman
publisher:
Knopf
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it a B

In The Amateur Spy, a retired U.N. relief worker familiar with hot spots like Rwanda and Sarajevo gets blackmailed into spying on a Palestinian pal in Jordan who may be up to no good.

Movie Pitch
Syriana meets The Interpreter meets Spy Game.

Lowdown
Crack espionage plotting at the outset gives way to an overdone final act packed with conveniences, so focus instead on Dan Fesperman’s cutting insights into international aid and Middle Eastern politics. B