I'm going a little crazy here. I'll explain why at the end. No peeking, though.
Mystery readers are familiar with Francine Mathews, who has been building a steadily increasing fan base with her Merry Folger novels. THE CUTOUT isn't one of them. Mathews is a former CIA intelligence analyst and, with THE CUTOUT, has chosen to write what she knows. And I will tell you, THE CUTOUT is not your standard espionage thriller. If this had been published under an unknown name, I would have assumed that it was a collaboration between Tom Clancy and John LeCarre, with the strengths of both gentlemen accentuated and magnified. Yeah. It'