Kent Harrington The Rat Machine

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The Rat Machine

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9780985808310: The Rat Machine

Set in 1980, The Rat Machine travels to Los Angeles, Palermo, London and Mexico with Alex Law and Butch Nickels (The Good Physician, The American Boys) in their first assignment as newly-minted CIA officers and partners. 

The two are sent into the Los Angeles underworld to pose as heroin dealers for reasons that are, at first, unclear to them. What they discover is a highly organized criminal enterprise spanning the globe with long-standing connections to Western Intelligence agencies-and some very nasty characters. The two friends must fight, not only to stay alive, but to keep from being corrupted themselves.

The Rat Machine, based on historical facts, weaves a complex story of the International Heroin Trade, the Sicilian Mafia, and the use of ex-Nazi spy rings by Western Intelligence services during the Cold War. This story cuts deep.

The novel is the first book in a planned three-part Rat Machine series.

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About the Author:

Kent Harrington is a master storyteller, the author of The Good Physician, Red Jungle, Dia De Los Muertos and other classic thrillers. Harrington is a 4th generation San Franciscan, born to an Irish-Jewish father and Guatemalan mother. His early education was spent at the Palo Alto Military Academy. He attended San Francisco State University and earned a degree in Spanish literature. After living both in Spain and Latin America he returned to the Bay Area and began his career as a novelist. His first published work was the well received noir thriller Dark Ride. He lives happily in Northern California with his wife.

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*Starred Review* Harrington (The Good Physician, 2008) writes like his brain is on fire, spinning a tale of global espionage and conspiracy that, as one of his characters marvels, “sounds like a Ludlum novel”—but Ludlum never wrote one like this. In 1980, CIA agents Alex Law and Butch Nickels are given a cover as DEA agents and told to infiltrate the California dope scene, for reasons unclear to them. Turns out Alex’s spymaster father is running a secret op with a distant target: an ex-Nazi with knowledge of a cabal, fueled by the heroin trade, that has infiltrated the world’s largest intelligence agencies. Spanning decades and continents, with a Technicolor cast of characters, this feels like a John le Carré novel as directed by Walter Hill, with blood-drenched violence, wonderfully gratuitous sex, and an unpredictable pace. Whether setting the scene or introducing a character, Harrington riffs and digresses fearlessly, confident of readers’ attention—it’s wild, undisciplined, and mesmerizing. The sheer rawness will deter some readers (and the review manuscript was so riddled with typos that one prays for the finished product), but for others, this will be the perfect antidote to the predictability of more commercial spy thrillers. --Keir Graff

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