Once A Spy

Once A Spy

Book - 2010
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Drummond Clark was once a spy of legendary proportions. Now Alzheimer's disease has taken its toll and he's just a confused old man who's wandered away from home, waiting for his son to fetch him. When Charlie Clark takes a break from his latest losing streak at the track to bring Drummond back to his Brooklyn home, they find it blown sky high-and then bullets start flying in every direction. At first, Charlie thinks his Russian "creditors" are employing aggressive collection tactics. But once Drummond effortlessly hot-wires a car as their escape vehicle, Charlie begins to suspect there's much more to his father than meets the eye. He soon discovers that Drummond's unremarkable career as an appliance salesman was actually a clever cover for an elaborate plan to sell would-be terrorists faulty nuclear detonators. Drummond's intricate knowledge of the "device" is extremely dangerous information to have rattling around in an Alzheimer's-addled brain. The CIA wants to "contain" him--and so do some other shady characters who send Charlie and Drummond on a wild chase that gives "father and son quality time" a whole new meaning. With Once a Spy, Keith Thomson makes his debut on the thriller stage with energy, wit, and style to spare. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385530781
0385530781
Branch Call Number: FICTION THOMSON
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Once a spy : a novel

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Retired appliance salesman and Alzheimer’s patient, Drummond Clark barely escapes the explosion of his home. Soon, he and his son, Charlie, must flee cross-country avoiding CIA assassins, Russian mobsters, gun runners and various other bad guys. Charlie is very bewildered when he sees his dad ho... Read More »


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rgally
Oct 12, 2015

Loved it. Fast and funny at times - Alzheimers isn't but this works!

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rahmmie
Apr 29, 2014

Couldn't get into it. I gave up after the 100-page test

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megaculpa
Mar 16, 2013

This could have been an entertaining book, if the author weren't trying so hard to be funny. It's like a bad sit-com. I usually finish novels, even the not-so-good ones. But this one is just a waste of time and I bailed about half-way.

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Axelca22
Aug 05, 2010

Great premise. Filled with humour, action and great characters. The last act unraveled a bit, but still a fun read.

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workerbee
Jun 21, 2010

This is about a spy who has Alzheimer's. Cool, dark, and funny.

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