Palace of Treason
Palace of Treason A Novel By Matthews, Jason, 1951- Book - 2015 | 1st Scribner hardcover ed

“ Do you know konspiratsiya ? Operating secretly , not being detected , what you Americans call tradecraft , we invented it . ” Invented spying ? How about the Chinese in the sixth century BC ?
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Dominika’s synesthesia became an operational asset . She could read the deceptions and suspicions in her own rezidentura .
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“ Salo is a delicacy , ” she said . “ It’s fatback bacon , and you Russians eat it cold and raw , the more fat the better . ”
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Russian household demons — what do you call them ? — that live under the floor and knock all night . ” Dominika raised her glass and touched the rim to Nate’s glass . “ Barabashki , the pounders , the bad demons , the domovye . ”
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If he’d done it right , the TALON would interrogate and download the hard drive via infrared link through an IR transparent acrylic strip along the bottom of the bag .
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If she had been a smokestack she would have been trailing a plume of live steam .

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