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Witch Hunt

Witch Hunt

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by Ian Rankin

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She is an ingenious assassin, with as many methods as identities, a master of disguise with an instinct for escape.... She is Witch, and she makes for alluring prey, teasing her pursuers as she eludes them, hunting her victims with breathtaking creativity, beguiling the most powerful men in the world with her dark beauty and cunning. Witch is wanted by the world's

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Witch Hunt 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A ver good book. In the beginning of the book, I thought it started out as an old fashion type of mystery. It didn't take long to get to the real story, which kept my interest until the end .Daisy
Camsgrand2001 More than 1 year ago
I am a newer Ian Rankin fan, and thought the story line sounded interesting. Well let me just say, I couldn't put it down. You won't be sorry with the purchase.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Cassandra Christa ¿ not just an exotic name, but also a well-known pleasure boat. Its owner deep in debt, that is until its final destination and delivery of cargo, an enigmatic young woman. The sinking coincides with that of another ship, on the same night off Calais. The accident captures Jack Constant¿s attention that in turn passes this information up the ladder to Michael Barclay, an intelligence technician. Barclay who doesn¿t consider himself a spy or any part of the Secret Service reads between the lines, thus pushing the case further up, bypassing his own boss, Joyce Parry. The information reaches London¿s Scotland Yard Secret Service - Special Branch. They have only a hint that a terrorist named Witch may have snuck back home. Few within the bureau even believe she exists. Even so, Commander Bill Trilling pairs John Greenleaf, a quiet man with an arrogant Hardman Doyle to investigate. It doesn¿t take long for Parry to point out Barclay¿s grave mistake and brings in a retired agent named, Dominic Elder. Witch is a known ghost from Elder's past. Elder, is an obsessed British agent who longs his career hadn¿t ended, but is persistent in freelancing this final assignment. This time to lure the enemy to her ultimate defeat. Witch, herself has the ability to change her identity, seduce her opponents, and complete the kill. She is the ultimate cold-blooded professional assassin. Her very life depends on keeping up a charade, on cloaking her intentions. She can trust no one but herself, and keeps an eagle eye on Elder himself! Elder joins Greenleaf and Doyle at the end of one trail, while Barclay hones in from another direction with the help of an attractive Parisian novice detective named, Dominique Herault. Characters, each with their own agendas, wage shadowy war against one another with the highest stakes imaginable. The counterspy agencies and police force eventually come to work as a team in turning over stone upon stone from Paris to Germany and back. Racing against time, leaving only few questions unanswered: Is the target a delegate to the International Summit, or does Witch have a personal agenda? If you're not accustomed to reading spy thrillers, and you can handle a gritty story, you might want to give this a try. If you are a fan of the genre, and you haven't read this one, you're probably missing something. With a cynical sense of humor Witch Hunt moves forward quickly with several plots tied together. Every part of the story is interesting and engaging. Where other novels would still be setting up the premise, Witch Hunt has already started playing the game! Reviewed by M. Romero
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harstan More than 1 year ago
They call her Witch because of her abilities to change her identity, ¿seduce¿ her opponents and her victims even without meeting them, and completing the kill; she is the ultimate cold blood professional assassin. This ¿Cassandra Chameleon¿ is so good at her trade, she is a legend.---- New Scotland Yard investigates the sinking of two ships in the same night near Folkestone and off Calais; several counterintelligence agencies worry that the incidents parallel events in other places over the past few years that culminated with assassinations. MI5 fears that the sinking is the calling card of the magical Witch in England to kill a VIP. As the cops follow clues, espionage agencies in Britain and France struggle to cooperate to stop the ingenious femme fatale assassin who obviously targets some worldly figure or why else hire the best? However this time Witch knows she must be even more cautious to avoid mistakes because besides her hefty fee this job is personal, which means emotions could hamper judgment.---- WITCH HUNT is an exhilarating espionage thriller that hooks the audience once the key cast is introduced and fans get over the fact that Rebus is not here. The story line moves quickly forward with several plots tied together through the Witch link in a sort of Sink the Bismarck kind of way as several groups independently give chase. Separately these various counterspy agencies and police force know they will fail, but if they can bury their jealousies and work as a team, together they might succeed; that is the timely message that Ian Rankin furbishes in his action-packed multiple perspective Sink the Witch thriller.---- Harriet Klausner