A high-concept spy thriller that pushes the genre into the 21st century. Growing up, Skinner wasn't like other boys. Appearing to have no emotions, he seemed to be powered by reason alone, a robot that could be programmed to do whatever its master wanted. No surprise that as an adult he didn't seem to fit it. Until he came to the attention of the ...
A high-concept spy thriller that pushes the genre into the 21st century. Growing up, Skinner wasn't like other boys. Appearing to have no emotions, he seemed to be powered by reason alone, a robot that could be programmed to do whatever its master wanted. No surprise that as an adult he didn't seem to fit it. Until he came to the attention of the CIA, and they realized they had stumbled across the perfect assassin. His speciality: protecting human 'assets'. His method: ensuring that the price a rival agency paid for acquiring the asset always outweighed the asset's worth. In other words, he killed everybody involved, and then some more, just to make the point. But now Skinner has been tasked with a new mission. A mission that will place him at the heart of a complex and deadly conspiracy. The signs are that it is a suicide mission even for an operative with his off-the-chart skillset, making Skinner wonder if he has become too good at his job, and his employers are not the only ones who would like to see him terminated. For the first time, Skinner has to decide whose side he's really on. And if the price of his own survival is worth paying.
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Publishers Weekly, 2013-05-06 Skinner, the hero of this exceptionally smart thriller from Huston (Sleepless), gets his name from having been raised for the first 12 years of his life inside a Skinner box-a chamber devised by 20th-century psychologist B.F. Skinner to conduct behavioral psychology experiments on animals. A former CIA agent whose early isolation has made him particularly suited to the trade of killing, Skinner is now a highly paid security technician who specializes in guarding clients, known as "assets." One such asset is Jae, a genius analyst who likes to spend her time wandering an unnamed desert taking drugs and building tiny robots. The mysterious Terrence, who used to run the security firm Kestrel Dynamics, has worked up a solo operation for Skinner and Jae, which eventually leads them to a momentous discovery in the streets of Dharavi, a slum in the city of Bombay. Stunningly original characters, wildly surprising twists, and an ending that's both unexpected and moving make this an extraordinary genre stand-alone. This is the sort of book you want to reread just to see how the trick was done. Agent: Simon Lipskar, Writers House. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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