Picks and Pans Review: Shadow Trade

updated 03/21/1983 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/21/1983 01:00AM

by Alan Furst

An ex-CIA officer has recruited a computer expert as his partner and set up a private intelligence business in New York City. Their firm takes on a job providing a look-alike for an international terrorist who wants to mislead authorities so he can travel. With enough money, the theme seems to be, anything is possible in this dark world. The firm operates on the theory that every person has a duplicate—duplicates can be used for blackmail film too—and its computer can also reconstruct an image of the face of an elusive enemy. The villain is another ex-CIA officer, who has a larger private-spy company and wants to take over the hero's operation. There are a tough redheaded woman agent with the face of an angel, complex plotting, some violence and a couple of good twists. This novel is a professional job by an expert suspense writer. (Delacorte, $14.95)

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