Written like a CIA report, An Ordinary Spy tells the story of new spy Mark Ruttenberg as he learns the ropes and reality of life undercover. Alternating between researching dusty documents and cultivating relationships with possible informants, Ruttenberg longs for the big break that will raise his status in the organization. When one of his informants starts to share quality information as he is falling in love with her, he begins to wonder if any information is worth the methods used in gathering it.
Weisberg uses a device that some will find amusing and some annoying. Some of the text of the book is blacked out, supposedly by the censors, so we miss out on some details. Even with some of the context missing, he has created a gripping tale that serves up plenty of intrigue and action while examining the conflicts of living life as someone else.