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An accurate watch
Doyle, David W.
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New York : Morrow, 1990.
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In the courtyard of the Rumanian embassy in Tokyo, one of U.S. Intelligence's best technical officers, The Cat, is killed, his throat ripped out by an attack dog. A compulsively readable, finely honed tale of double agents, fabricators, and do-or-die espionage

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Publisher's Weekly Review

After taking the rap for an agent's death, CIA case officer Mark Cameron hopes to rehabilitate his reputation in this appealing spy novel. Cameron believes that his mission was compromised by a mole in CIA headquarters--but he will have to prove it from a far-off punishment posting in Bwagania. Fortunately for him, that African nation is about to gain its freedom, and KGB proxies abound, ready to test his theory. Pyotr, the Soviets' ostensible consul, is likewise in hot water with his boss; he and Cameron form a plausible, if disingenuous, friendship. After sending photographs of Pyotr's sultry trysts and sundry disinformation to CIA headquarters, Cameron is gratified to observe a KGB response that proves his hunch about a mole. An attempted KGB overthrow of the Bwaganian king is foiled through his own efforts and he returns to Washington. By coincidence, Pyotr has been sent there, too, to handle the mole while the usual conductor is on leave. Cameron baits a trap, unmasks the CIA traitor and redeems himself. Neglected since the novel opened, the redemption theme's sudden reappearance seems an afterthought. Capturing the mole is the point of it all, and first novelest Doyle gets the job done with grace and dispatch. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Doyle's first novel is based on rumors, rampant in the 1970s, of a mole in the CIA. Mark Cameron's career, set back by the sabotage of an audio surveillance installation in Korea, is redeemed in a remote African paradise when he halts KGB intervention in the emerging Bwaganian monarchy. Pyotr Alexsandrovich, also hoping for a career rebound, is there to insure the success of a KGB coup. Cameron indentifies the mole's location and the action moves to Washington D.C. The pace lags, however, through the predictable trapping and turning of the mole. With an insider's insight Doyle builds a case for the personal integrity and loyalty of clandestine services personnel. He says, ``A good field case officer always has an accurate watch, a pocketful of change, and an empty bladder.'' This reviewer looks forward to A Pocketful of Change. Recommended.--Sandy Glover, Boise P.L., Id. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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