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Book Review: Bloodmoney

05/19/2015 02:06 pm ET | Updated May 17, 2016

Bloodmoney by David Ignatius is a suspenseful and engaging read. A small American-run intelligence group has been created; it looks quite a bit like part of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), but officially it doesn't even exist. This secret group comes under attack and lives are lost. Those causing the damage are cleverly using methods that Washington has used to hunt down terrorists for years; they've been following the money. American intelligence officers are being murdered and those behind the killings must be stopped.

This is a book that I didn't want to put down. The dialogue is nothing short of excellent. Ignatius is such a smooth, talented writer. Additionally, he does a nice job of capturing the extremely complex nature of U.S. - Pakistan relations. In a post -9/11 world, Washington and Islamabad are ostensibly partners, but the reality is far more complicated, as Pakistan's support for certain jihadi groups is both well-known and irrefutable.

I have enjoyed reading Ignatius's Washington Post op-eds over the years, but this is only the second time that I've read one of his novels. After reading this book, I'm certain that it won't be my last.