Agents of the State

Newly appointed State Security Agent Vicki Khan and her surf bum/private investigator boyfriend Fish Pescado find echoes of South Africa’s apartheid past in Mike Nicol’s espionage thriller. Vicki is sent to Europe to bring in a crucial witness in a child trafficking case, while Pescado is hired to investigate an attempted assassination of an exiled Central African general. The fast moving case may have an international angle but Khan and Pescado find all roads lead back home to a country riddled with corruption. The setting is authentic, the action gripping, and the character and dialogue suggest, finally, an authentic heir to Elmore Leonard.

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