Kay Malloy always knew hers would be a life of service. Following the tragic death of her humanitarian parents, Kay and her brother, Christopher, were raised in a world of wealth and culture by their godparents. With ambition and selflessness, Kay joins the FBI to honor her parent s legacy, even while Christopher s life grows increasingly aimless.
Paramilitary and male-dominated, the FBI could be an intimidating employer to anyone less confident, devoted, and insightful than Kay. But after early success in the Violent Crime Program in Baltimore she struggles working counterintelligence in New York. When Kay is assigned to investigate the loss of Russian government double agents, she sees this as her chance to prove herself. As pressure mounts and conflicting leads cloud the investigation, Kay discovers she must make the impossible choice between those she loves and the country she s sworn to protect.
Filled with vivid detail from retired FBI Special Agent Jan Fedarcyk, "Fidelity" is both a thrilling, authentic look into the workings of the FBI and the gripping story of one woman s fight to honor both love and duty."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-08
- Reviewer: Staff
A successful operation against a drug dealer in Baltimore gets ambitious FBI agent Kay Malloy, the heroine of retired FBI agent Fedarcyk’s compelling debut, promoted to the bureau’s counterintelligence unit in New York City, where, much to her disappointment, her duties are mostly deskbound. Kay believes that an assignment to investigate the disappearance of several Russian double agents will prove her skills to her colleagues and her legendary supervisor, Susan Jeffries, one of the few women to hold such a high position. The Russians target Kay for blackmail, as they have other agents, but the only skeleton in her closet is an unfailing devotion to her older brother, Christopher, a screwup who sometimes uses drugs. Meanwhile, Kay must navigate a swamp of betrayal within the agency. Fedarcyk, the sole woman to have headed the FBI’s New York office as assistant director in charge, complements her perceptive study of the driven Kay with vivid details about international politics and the bureau’s inner workings. (Nov.)