The Eighth Sister: A Thriller

The Eighth Sister: A Thriller

by Robert Dugoni


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An Amazon Charts, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

A pulse-pounding thriller of espionage, spy games, and treachery by the New York Times bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series.

Former CIA case officer Charles Jenkins is a man at a crossroads: in his early sixties, he has a family, a new baby on the way, and a security consulting business on the brink of bankruptcy. Then his former bureau chief shows up at his house with a risky new assignment: travel undercover to Moscow and locate a Russian agent believed to be killing members of a clandestine US spy cell known as the seven sisters.

Desperate for money, Jenkins agrees to the mission and heads to the Russian capital. But when he finds the mastermind agent behind the assassinations—the so-called eighth sister—she is not who or what he was led to believe. Then again, neither is anyone else in this deadly game of cat and mouse.

Pursued by a dogged Russian intelligence officer, Jenkins executes a daring escape across the Black Sea, only to find himself abandoned by the agency he serves. With his family and freedom at risk, Jenkins is in the fight of his life—against his own country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503903319
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Series: Charles Jenkins Series , #1
Pages: 478
Sales rank: 64,583
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series, which has sold more than 4 million books worldwide. He is also the author of the bestselling David Sloane Series; the stand-alone novels The 7th Canon, Damage Control, and The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, for which he won an AudioFile Earphones Award for the narration; and the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. He is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction and the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award for best novel set in the Pacific Northwest. He is a two-time finalist for the International Thriller Award, the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, the Silver Falchion Award for mystery, and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award. His books are sold in more than twenty-five countries and have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Visit his website at

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The Eighth Sister: A Thriller 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
cherlym More than 1 year ago
Floored with the subtle entrance into this spy thriller world. Even though this is a novel, this is not a fluff piece. I read this book and kept looking over my shoulder, second guessing what was next, the intrigue was over the top (in a so so good way). Twists, turns, good guy, bad guy, who is really who. This book made me want to read up on our world history and the cold war. Sit down and be entertained, taught, and gasp as its just all so plausible and real in our world. The ending? Read the book. Thank you Robert Dugoni, Thomas and Mercer, Net Galley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were unsolicited.
Cutiefulpink More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of suspense books. There is something so addictive about reading a story that moves very quickly, with the characters in tense situations, often fighting for their lives, while I am curled up reading with my tea (or coffee or wine) in complete safety. I think this is why thrillers are so popular at the movies as well. I have never read a book by Robert Dugoni, but The Eighth Sister will not be my last. Especially, since this is the beginning of what I can only assume will be a wonderful series. As much as I was not looking for another series to get hooked on, I’m so glad I was given the chance to read this first installment. As you can tell by the books I compared this to above, The Eighth Sister is similar in style and pace to James Patterson; however, I feel there is more depth and emotional characterization than is typically found in JP thrillers. For instance, the personal and patriotic motivations of each person is completely flushed out. This is not easy, given the enormous back story created by each character’s experiences. I especially liked how the “villain” in the book wasn’t one dimensional. Dugoni shifts points of view often, but not in a startlingly way. When the reader is experiencing events from the point of view of Charles, it is easy to understand his desires and root for his success. When you are reading from the antagonist points of view, you have to confront your own assumptions. patriotic service admirable if the country being served is not your own? If both people are blindly following their duties, is one person right and one wrong, or does this all depend on whose side you are on? I especially loved the love story in this book. It’s not a typical romantic meet-cute, survive crazy circumstances which cause two people to fall in love. Instead, this is an established relationship with problems. The underlying tension provided by Charles’s wife and her difficult pregnancy really compel the story while also grounding it. There is an unborn motivator behind every movement Charles makes, reminding him and the reader what is important and what is true. Being a lawyer myself, I was intrigued by the second half of the book and how Charles navigated his situation. I don’t want to give too much away, but rest assured, fans of James Patterson and John Grisham will not be disappointed. * Special thanks to Robert Dugoni, Thomas & Mercer, and TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of The Eighth Sister in exchange for an honest review.
AdrianaB More than 1 year ago
This is an alert spy book and I couldn't let it down. Charles Jenkins is asked to help with the Seven Sisters case. But in Moscow, he finds out there is an eight sister. Really intriguing. Thank you Netgalley for this adventure.
bamcooks More than 1 year ago
This is the first in what is apparently a new series featuring Charles Jenkins, a friend and associate of David Sloane, the lawyer in another Dugoni series. It's my first taste of Dugoni's writing and I'm hooked! Charlie is a black man who was once a CIA agent back in the 70s. He's now 64 and married to a much younger woman who is pregnant with his second child. He has a security business in Seattle, WA that is in danger of going belly up because his major client has stopped paying on time and he can't meet his payments to his contractors. His home AND his business are endangered. So when his former CIA chief shows up at his front door with an offer to do an important job for them in Russia, Charlie can't refuse. Keeping his wife in the dark, he heads off on what should be a simple mission...but it is anything but! The book really has two parts: one, an excellent spy story and two, a tense courtroom drama. This book really keeps the reader on the edge of her seat turning those pages right till the end. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely be looking forward to reading more of Dugoni's thrillers, etc. I was provided with an arc of this book by the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review. Many thanks for the opportunity and introduction to this author.
bjneary More than 1 year ago
Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for the advance reader copy The Eighth Sister by stellar mystery and detective author, Robert Dugoni, in exchange for an honest review. This latest mystery is Dugoni at his best; weaving a knuckle gripping espionage thriller, grabbing you from the first page and hooking you to the very last page. I could not stop reading this suspenseful story of Charles Jenkins, an ex-CIA case officer, age sixty-four with a failing business, a nine-year old son and a wife ready to deliver a baby at any moment. As Jenkins takes a risky assignment (kept secret from everyone he knows) he finds himself in Russia, duped and not quite sure who he can trust and how to return to the U.S. I could not stop turning the pages as Jenkins world comes crumbling down. Even more exciting was the return of David Sloan, from the original David Sloan series; as he takes on his friend’s case as Jenkins is tried for treason. Suspense abounds while you root for Charles Jenkins; highly recommended!
VWilliams More than 1 year ago
Gripping from page one, the author ramps up the bone-chilling scenario of a Moscow winter and a vulnerable, feminine spy; you're hooked. Sixty-something Charles Jenkins, ex CIA, has become desperate for money. His international security firm has been shorted a number of payments and forced his own debts delinquent, teetering on bankruptcy. He is married and has a nine-year-old son...his much younger wife Alex is pregnant with their second child. He is surprised by an unannounced visit after nearly forty years from his former case manager in Mexico City who has a proposal he cannot refuse. This mission involves contact in Moscow to try and filter out the Russian agent who is believed responsible for killing members of a US spy circle known as the seven sisters. Almost from the beginning, just when you think you understand where this is going to go, the storyline takes a 90-degree turn. You are introduced to Viktor of the FSB (formerly KGB) and Paulina, both of whom become empathetic and earn tons of respect. Okay, yes, Viktor is FSB. There is that. And then the mission went sideways prompting a flee for his life. But then, what? Home, but not safe. Just when you thought the desperate effort to survive was over, the desperation simply takes on a new direction. We are reintroduced to David Sloan (an early Dugoni series protagonist), Jenkins attorney. Sloan knows the law and I thoroughly enjoyed the courtroom drama and the manipulation of information. Dialogue is intelligent, sparring (particularly between he and Viktor), and often incorporates the language of the country he is in (or fleeing). Jenkins is a winner. Paulina is immensely appealing. The well-plotted narrative never lets you relax or take a breath. It's easy to feel the teeth-chattering cold, the terror of escaping by inches. And, as "they" say, sixty-four "is the new forty." I was thrilled to get this ebook download from the publisher and NetGalley and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read one of my favorite author's new books. His writing style always sets you up for a satisfying journey through the pages. Can't wait for book 2! Highly recommended.
JeanK More than 1 year ago
Charles Jenkins was a spy. Working for the CIA in Mexico, he provided intelligence that led to the deaths of a number of people. It was an operation that led to disillusionment with the organization and he just walked away. Years later he runs CJ Securities, named after his son. He is owed money by his chief client and is now in financial trouble. Approached by his former bureau chief to be re-activated for a special assignment in Moscow, he initially turns him down, but lives are on the line and the payment could help save his business. The Seven Sisters were a group of Russian women who had infiltrated various departments to provide intelligence to the United States. A counter-agent, dubbed the eighth sister, has been discovering their identities and three of the sisters have now been killed. Jenkins is to fly to Moscow under the cover of his own firm’s business and discover the identity of the eighth sister. At that point he Is to turn over the operation to other agents. Once again the operation is not as it seems. What follows is a daring escape from Russia, chased by a determined FSB colonel. Once Jenkins is home he is still not safe. He is branded as a traitor and disavowed by the CIA. The second part of Robert Dugoni’s story is a study in frustration as Jenkins and David Sloan, his lawyer, come up against one brick wall after another. His bureau chief has disappeared and every document that might back up Jenkins’ story becomes classified and inadmissible to the courts. As his trial approaches, his future looks bleak. While the opening section of this book is a study in deception and espionage tradecraft, the later chapters involve masterful legal manipulation and a trial whose outcome is in doubt to the last moments. This is truly a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat and will appeal to fans of both spy thrillers and legal thrillers. I would like to thank NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer Publishers for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
bookmon1 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Thomas & Mercer publishers and Megan Beattie of MB Communications for giving the chance to read and review THE EIGHTH SISTER by Robert Dugoni. I had recently read MY SISTER'S GRAVE by this author and even though the novels are quite different in many ways, they both display masterful plotting and authentic characters. Charlie Jenkins once worked for the CIA and has done security work. Now in his sixties, he lives with his wife, a young son and baby on the way on an island off the coast of Washington. Thanks to non-payment by his main client, he is on the edge of bankruptcy both in business and personally. Despite misgiving, Charlie accepts an offer from his former CIA boss since the money proposed will be a huge help. Charlie needs to go to Moscow to find out who is killing a group of US women spies known as the seven sisters. When he finds the alleged assassin and "eighth sister", she is not what he expected. All the espionage and intrigue lead Charlie on a race to survive and get away from a Russian FSB officer (modern version of KGB). Even after a heart-pounding journey, Charlie comes home to face betrayal and scary legal problems. After reading this book, the reader may be even more likely to lose faith in some government entities and wonder if all conspiracy theories may have a morsel of truth. This novel has been labeled Charlie Jenkins #1, so I am excited to see that there will be a forthcoming sequel. In the past, I have never been much into spy thrillers, but Mr. Dugoni has won a new fan in me. I read that Charlie Jenkins appeared as a character in the author's David Sloane series. David Sloane plays a vital role in THE EIGHTH SISTER. I will have to go back in the near future and read some of Robert Dugoni's back list I don't usually read the acknowledgements in the back of most books, but I am so glad I did with this one and I encourage everyone who reads this novel to do the same. There is so much information that gives the reader an even better appreciation of this wonderful novel.
paytonpuppy More than 1 year ago
A truly fascinating read by Robert Dugoni. Former CIA Charles Jenkins is approached by his former station chief to undertake an assignment in Russia to locate the eighth sister. The eighth sister is believed to be killing off the members of a group called the seven sisters who have been secretly spying for the United States. Charles walked away from the CIA decades ago and is married to Alex, with one son and another baby on the way. Needing funds for his security business, Charles agrees to be reactivated knowing that if the mission goes awry that he will be on his own. What he doesn’t expect is to be arrested and charged with treason upon his return to the states. He has been set up. But why? This is a whirlwind ride that captured me from the very beginning as Charles survives the many dangers in Russia to the realization that he must now defend himself against charges that he was spying for Russia. With the help of his lawyer, David Sloane, will he be able to beat the charges or will he be sentenced to prison for the rest of his life? I don’t normally read books that involve Russia and spies, but this is a must read! I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
RowingRabbit More than 1 year ago
This is a stand alone that ties in to the author’s David Sloane series. Charlie Jenkins is the MC, a former CIA agent whose past comes back to haunt him. Forty years ago, Charlie walked away from his career after a case left him disillusioned & disgusted with the job. Now he lives on a farm in Washington state with his wife & son & runs a private security firm. Money is tight, especially with another baby on the way. So when his old CIA handler shows up with a paying proposition, it gets Charlie’s attention. The job: go to Moscow for the security firm, make contact with the FSB (new KGB) & convince them he’s a disgruntled former CIA agent with info for sale. His real task is to identify a Russian agent who is killing long time American assets. Sure. What could possibly go wrong? Oh man, where to start……Suffice to say things don’t go as planned & on his second trip to Moscow, Charlie finds himself running for his life. But what he doesn’t realize is getting home in one piece is only half the battle. The first 60% is a rip-roaring tale of espionage with all the proper ingredients. Clandestine meetings, deadly Russians, Gorky Park & lots of vodka. There’s even a femme fatale. Charlie has to draw on old skills as he tries to evade a determined FSB agent & make it back to the States. It’s a tense, wild ride & we all breathe a collective sigh of relief when he makes it home. But maybe don’t pop the champagne just yet. Seriously, this guy cannot buy a break. I don’t want to give away too much about the second act but at this point, action switches to the court room after Charlie is arrested. He calls on old friend/lawyer David Sloane to defend him in what is literally a hopeless case that could put him away for life. Dugoni excels at creating clever suspense populated with well developed characters. In Charlie, we get a sympathetic MC, a man with integrity who just wants to provide for his family. The surrounding cast is an interesting mix & it can be a challenge to tell the good guys from the bad. One of the standouts was Viktor, a burly FSB agent who I became quite fond of. All in all, it’s an entertaining read full of twists that will keep you turning the pages.
MonnieR More than 1 year ago
One thing I've learned about books by this author: It's not likely I'll be disappointed. No surprise, then, that this one earned yet another five-star rating from me. Here's the scoop: Charles Jenkins is in his 60s now, married to a younger woman who's close to delivering their new baby. A former CIA case officer, he left the agency with a bad taste in his mouth after a case that didn't go as planned some 40 years ago. Now, he runs a security consulting business that appears to have a single client - a high-profile firm in Seattle that tends to be in arrears when it comes to payment for services rendered. Then one day, Charlie gets a surprise visitor: his long-ago CIA station chief, Carl Emerson, who begs him to take on an undercover job in Moscow (where, conveniently, Charlie's client has an office). The task is to determine the identity of the "eighth sister," a Russian agent who is behind the recent murders of a couple of members of a U.S. spy cell known as the seven sisters. They've operated successfully and secretly for many years until now; the hope is that Charlie will nail the eighth sister before she finishes off all the others. Desperate to stop the red ink in his business, Charlie reluctantly takes the assignment without letting his wife in on his secret. But early on, he learns something is dead wrong; for openers, the woman he believes is behind the killings isn't the assassin. Even more frightening, what she tells him - if in fact she can be believed - forces him to doubt everything he's been told about the case so far. Everything goes totally haywire when Charlie and the woman find themselves in the crosshairs of a Russian agent who wants them in jail (or better still, six feet under). But why? Nothing Charlie has said or done should have triggered that kind of response. Could it be that something or someone's gone afoul in the CIA? And if so, who? Everything ends up in a trial, during which a possible insight on that question (as an aside, especially relevant these days) is offered. When Charlie asks, "How do we get the government to lie?" the response speaks volumes: "We just get them to move their lips." Fast-paced, exciting and another winner, this is a not-to-be-missed thriller. Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy.
Zot79 More than 1 year ago
I've been devouring everything Robert Dugoni has written ever since I picked up a copy of Wrongful Death and met him at a book signing. When I heard he was returning to the world of David Sloane with a spy book focused on his friend Charlie Jenkins, I could not wait to get a copy. I figured the author's skill at writing thrillers would serve him well. I was not disappointed. Charlie is approached by his former CIA station chief and reluctantly recruited into what is supposed to be a few quick trips to Russia to gain some valuable intel. It will also provide some needed cash to keep his business afloat. His first trip is suspenseful, but successful. On the second trip, things go horribly wrong and we're off to the races. As usual, the author's writing is clear and vivid. The characters, locations and action come alive, even when they fall into some obvious spy novel stereotypes. The reader is kept on the edge of their seat, turning pages to find out what happens next. Then, about two-thirds of the way through, the story takes a bit of a left turn, changing from a spy novel to a legal drama. By this time, the story has the reader hooked and anxious to finish. But the change in pace is a bit jarring. I won't say I saw the end coming. But I feel like I picked up on most of the clues to the underlying mystery as they were dropped along the way. This didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. But I like it when spy novels keep me guessing a little more. Even so, I enjoyed this book and recommend it. Disclosure: Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing a free copy of this book in return for my honest review.