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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Suspense
  • Language:English
  • Pages:296
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098305482

The Poison Factory

Operation Kamera

by Lucy Kirk View author's profile page

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Decktora Raines is on leave from the CIA, trying to escape memories of the agent she lost and the disappearance of her life partner, Alex. But when a Russian defector she once handled unexpectedly reaches out to her, urging her to come to London, her instincts take over. She arrives to find that a Russian emigre has been murdered, and the only clues are claw marks and an unidentified white powder.


When CIA officer Decktora Raines arrives in England at the invite of a defector she once handled, she learns that a Russian emigre has been murdered in London. The only clues are claw marks and an unidentified white powder. The bodies pile up, and the Metropolitan Police of London and the public begin to think that a serial killer is on the loose. But Decky and her defector know it's the Russians. And as the claw murders increase, with some of Decky's London contacts falling victim, she must put the bad memories behind her and rely on finely-honed instincts to find the killers and figure out what they have to gain—and how to stop them from killing again.

About the author
Lucy Kirk is a retired CIA operations officer and former Chief of Station. She spent over three decades working in the Central Intelligence Agency, on assignments both in the U.S. and abroad. She focused on the USSR and post-Soviet Russia, an area of the world considered most significant to the national security interests of the United States. She currently teaches courses on espionage and the Cold War in New York City.

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The Poison Factory So exciting! Clear character definitions, page-turning, thrilling suspense! Do not wait to open this book!!! Read more
Fun Read I just finished this book by my friend Luck Kirk who was an office mate many years ago in San Francisco. It is a great spy yarn, professionally written and a real page turner. If you have been in the business, you will appreciate the authenticity of the narrative and when you finish you will not be disappointed!! Is it just a coincidence that the heroine and the author only drink white wine? Read more
Engrossing Spy Novel! Lucy Kirk has written a terrific spy novel greatly enhanced by her inside knowledge of the world of espionage through her 30+ years as a career officer in the CIA. It takes place in London in 2012 which gives it a very contemporary feel along with an authentic sense of the city based on Kirk's long posting there. Decktora Raines is the perfect protagonist to share insights into the inner workings of the various agencies, both English and American, she encounters as she tries to unravel the impetus that brought her to London - a message from a Russian defector she once handled who desperately needs her help. The story unfolds at a rapid pace and is populated by memorable characters whom Kirk creates to give depth and intrigue to the plot. The resolution is both credible and satisfying. It leaves the reader hoping for more adventures with the very likable and totally human Decktora Raines! Read more
Thrilling, suspenseful, and well-written! If you like Ludlum, Grisham, or Clancy, you’ll love Kirk. Amazing attention to detail and thrilling suspense. Excellent character development and plot line. Can’t wait for the sequel for more Decky! Read more
Spy story delivers! The Poison Factory opens a world of international espionage and delivers a page-turning story of a capable, independant heroine involved in an unexpected a mission. Decktora Raines is at once likeable, competent, and laser-focused and takes the reader with her on a game of cat and mouse, opposing ruthless, crafty enemies. Anyone looking for a book that moves along quickly and keeps the reader totally engaged, will be glad they picked up The Poison Factory. Read more
The Poison Factory Riveting spy thriller! A real page turner - couldn't put it down! Set in London, well crafted characters and intriguing plot development take the reader through a fast-paced and realistically detailed series of events that build to a suspenseful conclusion. Read more
The Poison Factory This is a well crafted international spy story that shows the author's familiarity with operational protocols, human emotions and reactions, as well as with the plot's various geographic locations. A great plot with surprises, interesting and very memorable characters, and realistic dialogue. Read more
Review of "The Poison Factory - Operation Kamera" This is a masterful, well written book. The story is captivating, descriptive, suspenseful and made you feel like you were actually there, feeling every emotion and visualizing/experiencing every plot/action that was taking place. Hans Mirka Read more
Not male and stale After 50 years of reading spy novels by men about men, I found this first novel by an experienced female spy to be encouraging. The woman in the story is not arm candy, she’s the protagonist. The plot is “ripped from the headlines” and its dialogue and casually introduced spycraft make it a page turner. Read more
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