The Chicken Asylum: An Alex Reynolds Mystery


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Format: Paperback, 256pp. ISBN: 0312287100 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pub. Date: September 2002 From the Publisher “Alex Reynolds, his lover, Peter Lovesey, and his mother, Jean, have been living secret lives – they are occasional freelance operatives for the CIA. In the past they’ve been wrapped up in cases involving international espionage where the stakes were high and the consequences of failure dire. So it is with some trepidation and excitement that they greet the request from the CIA that they take on one more assignment. But it is with dismay and confusion that they learn that what the government wants them to do is … baby-sit.” The person in question is an eighteen-year-old Iraqi soldier who has defected, been given the name James Paschal, and is in Chicago to be debriefed by government agents. The government seems to think that some home cooking and a nice place to stay is just what he needs. But the young defector turns out to have information about, and is possibly directly involved with, a terrorist organization known for its particular ruthlessness. To complicate matters further, he is gay. The target of an unexpected assault, James mysteriously disappears while under the case of Alex, Peter, and Jean. now the three of them find themselves under the watchful and suspicious eyes of the government and terrorists alike, and James’s life, as well as their own, depends upon their finding the missing boy.


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