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Rebecca Joines Schinsky

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Rebecca Joines Schinsky is the executive director of product and ecommerce at Riot New Media Group. She co-hosts All the Books! and the Book Riot Podcast. Follow her on Twitter: @rebeccaschinsky.

This installment of Riot Recommendation is sponsored by The Colonel’s Mistake by Dan Mayland.

Mark Sava, former CIA station chief of Azerbaijan, lives a quiet life as a professor at Western University in the city of Baku. But his peace is shattered by both the assassination of a high-level American during an international oil conference and the arrest of CIA operations officer Daria Buckingham for the crime.

Sava knows the Iranian American Buckingham well—he personally trained her—and doesn’t believe she had anything to do with the murder, so he visits a CIA control center to discuss the situation with the new station chief. When no one answers the outside intercom, Sava overrides the security code and stumbles upon the grisliest scene of his career. Now, he can’t help but wonder if he really knows Buckingham as well as he thought…


On Monday, we asked you to recommend your favorite books about national security, intelligence, and the spy’s life. Here’s what you suggested in the comments and on Facebook and Twitter.

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John LeCarré

Agents of Innocence by David Ignatius

Restless by William Boyd

An Ordinary Spy by Joseph Weisberg

The Atrocity Archive by Charles Stross

The Fourth Protocol by Frederick Forsyth

Modesty Blaise by Peter O’Donnell

Alpha by Greg Rucka

The Milo Weaver series by Olen Steinhauer

Charlie Higson’s Young Bond series (for kids)

From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming

The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

anything by Jeffrey Deaver

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan books

The Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett

Let the Tiger Die by Manning Coles

Brad Meltzer for political suspense

anything by Robert Ludlum

James Patterson’s Alex Cross books

anything by Brad Thor

Op Center by Tom Clancy

Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series

anything by Nelson DeMille

It Can’t Always Be Caviar by Johannes Mario Simmel

Donald Hamilton’s Matt Helm series

Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amour


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