Originally published in THRILLER (2006),edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author James Patterson.
In this Thriller Short, #1 New York Times bestselling author Eric Van Lustbader examines the emotional side of life as a spy. Max Brandt is an intelligence operative, and he’s good at what he does. But he loses the will to live after the death of his wife, so he joins the Agency. His first assignment places him in immediate danger, but due to his grief, Max welcomes the end. Yet he fails to comprehend the toll secrecy and lies can take. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live as an outsider, this story is for you.
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About the Author
New York-born Eric Van Lustbader (b. 1946) is a writer of thriller and fantasy novels best known for his continuation of the Jason Bourne series begun by Robert Ludlum and popularized by the Matt Damon films. 2016’s The Bourne Enigma is the 13th book in the Bourne series and a sequel to The Bourne Ascendency. In all, Lustbader is the author of more than 25 bestselling books, including the Jack McClure/Alli Carson series and the Pearl Saga. He lives in New York City with his wife.