Picks and Pans Review: The Children's Game

updated 12/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

by David Wise

"Forced back into the agency, he was caught up again in a world of deception he thought he had finally shed...His daughter, an innocent, was in the hands of his enemies, in mortal danger because of his own actions. Julie, the woman he had begun to love, who had gotten past his automatic defenses—his Berlin Wall—might be working against him." Whew! The hero of this enthralling spy novel about CIA corruption leaves no plot unturned. But The Children's Game keeps the reader going by sheer exuberance. Wise, a former journalist and author of nonfiction books about the CIA, spares no detail in describing the physical layout of CIA headquarters in Virginia, how locks are picked, roses rigged with transmitters, computer codes broken, missing persons traced, guard dogs subdued. Will the world end because of the excesses of power-mad spies? Sorry, that information is classified. (St. Martin's/Marek, $14.95)

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