A Darker Place (Sean Dillon Series #16)

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Outspoken Russian writer Alexander Kurbsky wanted to "disappear" into the West. To avoid the wrath of the ruling elite, he makes elaborate plans with covert experts Charles Ferguson and Sean Dillon for his escape.

It's a real coup for the West-except for one thing: Kurbsky is still working for the Russians. And his master plan is about to unfold.

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Overview


Outspoken Russian writer Alexander Kurbsky wanted to "disappear" into the West. To avoid the wrath of the ruling elite, he makes elaborate plans with covert experts Charles Ferguson and Sean Dillon for his escape.

It's a real coup for the West-except for one thing: Kurbsky is still working for the Russians. And his master plan is about to unfold.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

When world-famous Russian novelist Alexander Kurbsky decides to leave for the West in bestseller Higgins's suspenseful 16th thriller to feature former IRA man Sean Dillon (after Rough Justice), Kurbsky turns for help to Dillon and other members of the British prime minister's "private army." Meanwhile, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin persuades Kurbsky to infiltrate this elite group and spy for Russia by showing him current photos of his sister, Tania, who the celebrated author thought died years earlier in a student riot. Tania's release from a life sentence in prison is the price for Kurbsky's cooperation. Dillon and the others, most notably Lady Monica Sterling, Dillon's girlfriend, welcome Kurbsky into their circle in England, where the Russian begins to go about his deadly business. Several long flashbacks explore past events to good effect. The final dustup is a little rushed, but the crisp writing shows Higgins to be on top of his game. (Feb.)

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Kirkus Reviews
A high-profile Russian defects to the Brits (or not) in Higgins's latest thriller (Rough Justice, 2008, etc.). Alexander Kurbsky is an ex-paratrooper, a battle-scarred veteran of Russia's brutal wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya. He's also a bestselling, critically acclaimed novelist. In New York, as guest of honor at a United Nations literary function, he's introduced to the lovely Lady Monica Starling, double-billed in her own right. A glamorous member of the British aristocracy, she is, clandestinely, a member in good standing of "the Prime Minister's private army," that tiny but fearsome band of counterterrorists responsible, again and again, for the salvation of Western civilization. Kurbsky and Lady Monica get on famously, a meeting that ends with the Russian confessing an itch to cross over. Excited by the prospect of a big-time catch, Lady Monica immediately contacts master spy Sean Dillon, newly her lover, and an arrangement is made for an ersatz kidnapping. Meanwhile, Kurbsky is finalizing a different kind of arrangement, this one with the Russian prime minister. In the lionized soldier/novelist, Putin thinks he has the perfect mole who, reluctant or not, will make the required moves in the motherland's nonstop geopolitical chess game with the West. His reasoning seems flawless. Languishing in an infamous Siberian prison is Kurbsky's beloved sister, and as long as he keeps her there, Putin is certain he can count on the necessary leverage. But life and spy-craft are full of little surprises, and one never knows how an epiphany at just the right time will change the rules of the game. A potboiler, sure, but with his swashbuckling nonhero, Higgins demonstrates anew that an engagingcharacter can fan sparks no matter how retro the formula.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425233771
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Series: Sean Dillon Series , #16
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 296,125
  • Product dimensions: 4.54 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Since The Eagle Has Landed—one of the biggest-selling thrillers of all time—every novel Jack Higgins has written has become an international bestseller. He has had simultaneous number-one bestsellers in hardcover and paperback, and many of his books have been made into successful movies, including The Eagle Has Landed, To Catch a King, On Dangerous Ground, Eye of the Storm, and Thunder Point. He has degrees in sociology, social psychology, and economics from the University of London, and a doctorate in media from Leeds Metropolitan University. A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an expert scuba diver and marksman, Higgins lives in Jersey on the Channel Islands.
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  • Posted November 27, 2008

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    Fans will relish A DARKER PLACE

    A former paratrooper who fought in Afghanistan and Chechnia, internationally renowned Russian novelist Alexander Kurbsky decides to leave his homeland for the West, but believes his fame might prevent him from staying abroad. Thus, Kurbsky asks Sean Dillon and his associates who make up the British prime minister¿s ¿private army¿ to abet his escape to freedom.<BR/><BR/>Prime Minister Putin warns Kurbsky about betraying his country and blackmails the author into spying on Dillon and his comrades by showing him pictures of his sister Tania, who he thought was murdered during a student protest that turned ugly; the photos prove Tania lives for now and will be paroled from her life sentence if he cooperates. Dillon and his girlfriend Lady Monica Sterling, a big fan of Kurbsky especially On the Death of Men and Moscow Nights, welcome the noted author to London. There he infiltrates the ¿private army¿ that welcomed him to England in an attempt to rescue his sibling from incarceration.<BR/><BR/>The latest former IRA operative turn British agent Sean Dillon thriller (see THE KILLING GROUND and ROUGH JUSTICE) is a superb entry as he, Monica and the others are totally fooled by Kurbsky. The story line is fast-paced and filled with action even when the plot uses enlightening flashbacks. Fans will relish A DARKER PLACE although the climax feels sudden and faster than the speed of light.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    I am hooked!

    Captivsting story. This is the first of the Sean Dilllom series i have read and will be reading all the rest.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Jack Higgins Offers More Fully-Developed Characters in "A Darker Place."

    "Jack Higgins," the pseudonym by which Harry Patterson is best known, is still growing as an author - even after 60+ books. "A Darker Place" has some familiar faces (former IRA assassin Sean Dillon and aging spymaster Brigadier General Charles Ferguson, to name 2). But the heavy lifting is done by newcomer Alexander Kurbsky, a bestselling Russian author/spy, and wheelchair-bound Giles Roper, who was - until now - a minor character. Roper, who seems strikingly close the similarly-disabled controller known as "The Major" in Robert Redford's "3 Days Of The Condor" movie, is nonetheless an interesting addition to Higgins' world. And as he and the shadowy Kurbsky are fleshed out during the book's progress, they attain a level of complexity not always present in the author's work. Kurbsky has all the ruthless efficiency of Higgins' Liam Devlin, Paul Chevasse, et al, while Roper has a gift for retrieving buried Kremlin computer files that strains credulity. So they are interesting, if not entirely "real."

    The build-up of tension throughout the book is excellent, but the ending seems a little too calculated to leave us with yet another Higgins series. Still, it is a good read, and is refreshingly free from some of the repetitive plot devices that litter other Higgins works (the Mauser pistol with the bulbous silencer, the shooting victim who is spun around by the first bullet and takes the second in their spine, etc.)

    Conclusion: "A Darker Place" is above-average Higgins.

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  • Posted May 12, 2010

    Terrifylingly possible

    Blackmail and deception, integrated into an international scenario from
    which emerges a controversial new hero, Alexander Kurbsky. A modern day,
    action filled tale that "cries out" for a sequel. A Higgins thriller with
    a new twist.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    Best Sean Dillon series so far

    In my opinion, A Darker Place is the best book of the series so far. The plot is original and interesting, and kept me turning pages until the end. Higgins does an excellent job of keeping the reader intrigued, not giving up many clues until the very end. A great read!

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

    Another solid story in the series.

    Nice plot twists, great new characters, and sound storyline. Would have like to seen more of Sean Dillon and his often dark side, but anticipate a culmination of all the people from this and Higgins previous novel into one major story.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

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    Another espisode with the Dillon connection

    Higgins continues the Sean Dillon connection although this book has a twist. It is easy reading and good escapism. Like its predecessors I think the style is starting to show its age and this is may be a good time to change direction. Higgins fans might disagree but as a writer it is difficult to maintain the same standard all the time. So if you enjoy Higgins's style this is one for you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2009

    Jack Higgins is the master

    A very enjoyable read......

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    The Devil's in the Details

    Not one of his best efforts, "A Darker Place" shows evidence of slapdash writing by Higgins. To wit, Kurbsky, according to Higgins, is shot by Ali Selim in his left hip on page 330. However, on page 332, Kurbsky says he was shot in his right hip. Oops! The devil's in the details.

    I also found the Russian soldier's abrupt fling with the maid at the hotel where Kurbsky was staying when he defected a bit contrived--as though the maid/lover was thrown in as an obvious plot device (she "happens" to see Kurbsky when he makes a run for it at the hotel and she notifies the Russians who were guarding him).

    That being said, despite its jerry-built sections, "A Darker Place" is better than most thrillers, even though it's not Higgins's best.

    As for Sean Dillon, he seems to have mellowed out in his old age. He doesn't have that devil-may-care attitude he used to have. In this particular book in the series, he is, in fact, irrelevant.

    --Bryan Cassiday, author of "Fete of Death"

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    Another winner from Higgins

    Higgins is always a winner, and he never lets me down. I find the research to be first rate, which adds to the quality of the work.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    As good as the previous Sean Dillon stories!

    The Sean Dillon/Gen. Charles Fergusan stories just keep getting better and better!
    I now have nearly all of the books in this series, and can't wait for the next one.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    Jack Higgins has written an exciting story of espionage and political players.

    Jack Higgings has written another exciting book featuring Sean Dillon and the gang saving the modern world, but doing it in an exciting way. The characters are interesting, the wording is very descriptive. It is just the type of storyline where you can't put it down until the very last page. It is a must read for anyone who enjoys a good thrilling story.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Sean Dillon

    I loved this book, it was as good as all his books are. It's about a Russian who is forced to work for the KGB because he thinks they are holding something very dear to him over his head. He lets Sean and the gang think he is working for them but in typical wonderful Sean Dillon fashion he gets to the bottom of things and the gang gets to work. All Mr. Higgins books are fantastic and I highly recommend them.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    Always a page turner

    Jack Higgins is a master of suspence and thrill. He does not disappoint with the usual players. Great to see the familiar characters evolve and the excitement not dull. Fast paced and fun...

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    Dillon is mellowing!

    I believe this is the first book that Sean Dillon kills no one! He has become a lover more than a hired assasin. A great book and a good read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    First class Higgins

    Classic Higgins theme and characters. Great reading!!!!!

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  • Posted February 20, 2009

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    A Place For Us

    Jack Higgins' novels about Ferguson and his crew tend to read along the same lines. The outcome is never in doubt, so you go along for the ride. A Darker Place is an okay story, with the introduction of a Russian superhero who seems to want to work both sides. Much of the plot involving him stretches plausibility, so there is almost a cartoonish figure presented. With the outcome for Ferguson and the gang in no doubt, all that is left is to figure out which side the Russian will ultimately choose. Your guess might be the same as mine.

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