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Publisher's Summary

In this exciting international thriller featuring Japanese antiques art dealer and PI Jim Brodie, a double murder at the Kennedy Center forces Brodie into a dangerous game of espionage - putting him in the crosshairs of the Chinese, North Korean, and American governments.

Jim Brodie is an antiques dealer, Japan expert, and second-generation private investigator. When two theater friends are murdered backstage at a Kennedy Center performance in Washington, DC, he's devastated - and determined to hunt down the killer. He's not the only one.

After the attack Brodie is summoned to the White House. The first lady was the college roommate of one of the victims, and she enlists Brodie - off the books - to use his Japanese connections to track down the assassin. Homeland Security head Tom Swelley is furious that the White House is meddling and wants Brodie off the case. Why? For the same reason a master Chinese spy known only as Zhou, one of the most dangerous men alive, appears on the scene: Those murders were no random act of violence.

Brodie flies to Tokyo to attend the second of two funerals, and his friend's daughter, Anna, is kidnapped during the ceremony. It is then Brodie realizes that the murders were simply bait to draw her out of hiding. Anna, it seems, is the key architect of a top-secret NSA program that gathers the personal secrets of America's most influential leaders. Secrets so damaging that North Korea and China will stop at nothing to get them.

Publishers Weekly said, "Readers will want to see more of the talented Jim Brodie", and The Spy Across the Table is an edge-of-your-seat thriller in Barry Lancet's wildly popular and highly acclaimed series.

©2017 Barry Lancet (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Best Espionage book I've heard in a long time!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and did not want it to end! This is the 4th book in the Jim Brodie series. I don't think it really matters if they are read in order as each book is a stand alone mystery, the author gives some background to relationships in each book.
This book begins with Brodie introducing his friend and college roommate to a Japanese friend, they are both murdered and Brodie feels extremely guilty. In The meanwhile the First Lady of the US contacts him as his other person killer used to be her roommate in college. Following the murders Brodie goes to Japan for his friend's funeral and the woman's daughter is kidnapped during the service.
Here begins a wild espionage story that will keep you not only interested but on the edge of your seat wanting to know more. Traveling through Japan, China and N. Korea Brodie doesn't know who to trust. Even with the President and First Lady assisting from the states Brodie still manages to get himself kidnapped while trying to rescue his deceased friend's daughter. He is tortured for information and scheduled for execution... I have to end my commentary there or ruin this excellent book for someone else.
The end was kind of sad and I'm not sure if it will be a lead into the next book or (?).
Scott Brick does a phenomenal job narrating.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Best book ever!

Japan Town was my first and this book my second, what a Great book and of course Scott Brick makes it Super. I usually follow Scott Brick, because He only narrates the best books that I Enjoy!

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Have been a big fan until this one.

Will not pre-order the next one. Didn't like the ending. Sorry (like the food references).

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  • john
  • springfield, mo, United States
  • 11-01-17

A little hard to believe

I have enjoyed the other two books immensely and this book up to the point where he was captured and the events that ensue after. Not believable, IMHO, for Jim, regardless how much of a bad ass he is.

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great book smart interesting great have to get<br />the

the book is smart 1thoughtful and smart. you got to get4 stars great narration Scott brick great

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Reads like perils of Pauline

Not my author not my narrator not my story just too long and unbelievable. Quit listening with four hours to go.

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  • Todd
  • Glenview, IL, United States
  • 08-14-17

Well written and very well read.

The story was good. This is the first book in the series I have read. I got the book because I like Scott Brick's work. I am now going to read more in the series.

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Never a dull moment!

Barry Lancet has become one of my favorite authors. I have read all his novels, but this one might be myfavorite. The intrigue takes place in the US and all across Asia, lending an opportunity for lots of cultural and political insights. I especially enjoy the fast paced action in this one.

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This book is Great !

Any book that has Scott Brick is going to be stunning. He turns average into Excellent.

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great series

I guess Ive read all of these, though spread out over a long span so I've forgotten many specifics, but this one seemed immediately familiar. Brick does a great job, and the international aspect and the humanity of the protagonist all add up to very fine and enjoyable work.