Reviews for Original sin : a Sally Sin adventure

Library Journal
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McMullen's debut introduces Lucy Hamilton, stay-at-home mom by day, spy by night. After giving up a stellar career as a government agent (code name: Sally Sin), Lucy finds herself drawn back into the underworld when her old nemesis, an arms dealer, resurfaces-and she's apparently the only one who can bring him to justice. High-spirited fun that will appeal to readers who enjoy sassy mystery heroines. [Library marketing; BEA and ALA promotion and advance reading edition giveaways.] (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publishers Weekly
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Retired spy Lucy Hamilton, currently a San Francisco stay-at-home mom, proves herself to be "a fabulous multitasker," capable of both playing cowboys with her three-year-old son and tangling with international terrorists, in McMullen's diverting debut. When Simon Still, her former boss at the United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction, calls Lucy back to active duty, Lucy is trying hard to forget a career that her husband knows nothing about and succeeding-except when she slips up and accidentally decks her yoga instructor or Simon's assignment stirs long-buried memories. That's when overlong passages of backstory put the brakes on the tenuous momentum of a plot about the return of Lucy's old nemesis, Ian Blackford, long thought to be dead. Blackford's sudden reappearance offers Simon a perfect opportunity to use Lucy (formerly known as Sally Sin) as bait. What no one anticipates is the fury of a mother's protective instinct in this promising light thriller. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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*Starred Review* After nine years of covert work for the U.S. Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction, Agent 26, familiarly known as Sally Sin, fell in love and opted for normalcy instead of life as a spy. Now she's Lucy Parks (not her real name) Hamilton, happily married to William Wilton Hamilton III, investment banker turned green energy developer, and the mother of three-year-old Theo. But she can't escape her past, and her first-person narration includes backstory, near-death experiences in exotic Far Eastern locales, and her current crisis. Asked by former boss Simon Still to serve as bait for dangerous turncoat Ian Blackford, a skilled former USAWMD operative who's irresistibly drawn to Sally Sin. Ever vigilant for her son's safety, Lucy juggles keeping her past buried (only Sam, grandfather of one of Theo's playground pals and an ex-CIA agent, even suspects) while managing to thwart the attractive Blackford, handle his deadly compatriot the Blind Monk, and avoid being killed in the process. McMullen's breezy style conveys both humor and emotion and is perfectly suited to her stylized spy adventure. An exuberantly entertaining start to what could become a wildly popular series.--Leber, Michel. Copyright 2010 Booklist

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