Rough Justice (Sean Dillon Series #15)

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"Dispatched by the President to report on the state of still troubled Kosovo, his trusted agent Blake Johnson runs into a military man there named Harry Miller, who has the same task from the British Prime Minister. They band together just in time to stop a Russian officer from torching a mosque - or rather, Miller stops him, with a bullet to the forehead." This action will have considerable consequences, not only for Miller and Johnson and their associates, including Britain's Sean Dillon, but for a great many people, all the way to the top of
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Overview

"Dispatched by the President to report on the state of still troubled Kosovo, his trusted agent Blake Johnson runs into a military man there named Harry Miller, who has the same task from the British Prime Minister. They band together just in time to stop a Russian officer from torching a mosque - or rather, Miller stops him, with a bullet to the forehead." This action will have considerable consequences, not only for Miller and Johnson and their associates, including Britain's Sean Dillon, but for a great many people, all the way to the top of the governments of the United States, Britain, and Russia. Death begets death, and revenge leads only to revenge, and before the chain reaction of events is done - from Kosovo to London to Beirut to Ireland to Moscow - there will be plenty of both.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Action, betrayal, murder and mayhem have long been the staples of Jack Higgins's international thrillers featuring ex-IRA enforcer turned British operative Sean Dillon, and this latest outing continues that tradition. However, Dillon falls into more of a supporting role in a story involving the current Russian regime's efforts to bring forth a new type of cold war. Most of the heavy lifting is performed by the seemingly mild-mannered MP Harry Miller, who, like Dillon, is in reality a British secret agent. Michael Page's narration keeps the action flowing, all the while balancing an international cast of heroes and rogues. Whether the characters are Russian politicos or Irish thugs, British elites or Islamic terrorists, Page provides each with their own particular voice. With a dry, straightforward delivery, he is equally adept in presenting the intricate, globe-trotting plot, driving the story forward and maintaining the taut suspense. Fans of this enduring series will not be disappointed. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, June 23). (Sept.)

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The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jack Higgins has produced some of the best suspense fiction of the past fifty years. The Killing Ground demonstrates why, serving up a fast-paced melodrama set in a shadowy and violent world where things—and people—are seldom what they seem.
Library Journal

Higgins, the principal pseudonym of British novelist Henry Patterson, presents his 15th Sean Dillon thriller, following The Killing Ground. A British agent shooting a Russian soldier trying to torch a Kosovo mosque sets in motion escalating retaliatory actions affecting the United States. Higgins fans may savor the action and adventure, but the stock characters and predictable dialog make this one of the author's lesser works. Actor/narrator Michael Page, who previously read two other titles in this series for Phoenix Audio-Dark Justice and Without Mercy-delivers another consistent, character-driven performance. Recommended only where Higgins has a large fan base. [The Putnam hc was recommended as "of interest in all public libraries," LJ7/08.-Ed.]
—Sandy Glover

Kirkus Reviews
Add a pinch of Putin to the pot, boil for 300-plus pages, serve Higgins Stew to a reliably hungry audience. The Russians, it seems, are in search of lost swagger. According to the best thinkers in U.S. and U.K. corridors of power, they want to replay the Cold War. "But not with nuclear submarines this time," U.S. President Jake Cazalet is warned. Instead, with gas and oil judiciously used for bribing and/or browbeating-as the case warrants-in aid of the Putin vision. What he seeks is restoration, the return of his country to its glory days when no one dared toy with the Russian bear. To thwart and block becomes the task of master spy Sean Dillon and his tiny team of trusty operatives, who will need all the help they can get. Fortunately, it's available. Almost the equal of Dillon in geopolitical cunning-and every bit his equal in death-dealing-is the team's newest recruit, Harry Miller, a sort of latter-day Scarlet Pimpernel. To most observers, Miller appears a staid, color-me-gray MP unaccountably married to the eminently desirable Olivia Hunt, that talented and gorgeous ornament of the British stage. That he's actually a stone killer is, however, known well indeed to a very nasty coterie on the Russian side, who, in retaliation for ravages to their ranks accomplished by Miller forays, arrange a lethal contract. It backfires. Someone dear to all concerned is murdered by mistake. Aroused, considering themselves under attack, Sean Dillon & Co. plan a retaliation in kind and, in the end, as so often before, slay their dozens in defense of the realm. Clearly, Higgins (The Killing Ground, 2008, etc.) has little interest in varying the recipe, and readers who've savored before will no doubtsavor again.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616804541
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/19/2008
  • Series: Sean Dillon Series , #15
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (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 January 2, 2010

    Jack Higgins' Off-Day

    Not the best Jack Higgins I've read. Female characters were unrealistically drawn, much too strong. Cannot imagine real women in these situations would act / react as the women in this book did. Cannot imagine that the woman of quality who is drawn to Sean Dillon could so easily dismiss his reprehensible terror-laden / driven past. In the matter of the protagonist, we're given a glimpse into a possibly thorny marital-strife situation, and then, as if Higgins realized that the issue is superfluous to the plot, simply resolves that issue, and drives the real plot at the same time, with the violent death of his spouse. This is a decent rainy-day escapism book, as it is far-fetched, and can be easily read and finished in one day, if one has the time to give to that pursuit. For a change of pace, and fun, read Richelle Meade, instead.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    The Sean Dillon Stories become worse and worse ...

    "Rough Justice" is almost a direct successor of "The killing ground". He does introduce 2 new characters (Harry Miller and his sister), but basically the book only ties up loose ends from the previous book. Higgins always tries to link his stories to the current political situation (Iraq, war against terror) and he even uses real names (Al-Quaida, Osama bin Laden and even President Putin of Russia). I think he does this in order to create a "could-actually-happen" story. However, how he described Beirut/Lebanon in this book is truly preposterous and far off the reality. He describes it as a kind of "pre-war-zone" which is not the case AT ALL! For me, knowing Beirut as a prosperous lively city, it makes the whole story totally unbelieveable. In addition, I'm not usually the type who knows "who's done it" right away, but one third trough this book I had actually figured out who "the broker" was. Therefore I would recommend Jack Higgins at the age of 78 to retire gracefully and spare the world with any further books of this series ...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2009

    Always entertaining

    Higgins characters and plots always keep you turning the pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2008

    A Hellish Thriller

    The character called Harry Miller is an interesting guy. He's married to a famous stage actress, and he does things not so famous, more like infamous, to his enemies. He serves the British government in black ops and naturally enough gets mixed up with Sean Dillon himself, no less, and his motley crew. Before you know it, all hell breaks loose as the lot of them meet up with Russian assassins, IRA hit men, radical Islamic terrorists, and assorted thugs. Between rubouts, Sean Dillon finds time to become romantically involved in this outing. But don't mistake 'Rough Justice' for a romance. It's a thriller through and through--and a blood-soaked crackerjack one at that. Admittedly, there's a cast of hundreds, but they dovetail smoothly, in fact especially so for readers who've read Jack Higgins's previous Sean Dillon books in the series. If you're aching to devour a lean mean thriller, you couldn't do better than this one. Not an ounce of fat on it. --Bryan Cassiday

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fascinating tense thriller

    On the surface Harry Miller is an ordinary person an MP who is in realty the counterpart to Blake Johnson, the American President¿s top security man. Blake runs the black ops group the Basement, a unit that works outside the law to administer justice and protect the country and its people. Blake and Harry met in Banu, Kosovo each was there to inspect the country¿s leaders and to prevent a Russian Officer Igor Zorin from torching a mosque that would have reignited the fighting. --- President Putin and his right hand man Ivan Volkov decide Miller should be taken out and assign the mysterious the Broker, who has never been seen, to contact former IPPI agent Michael Quin. Quinn contacts one of his agents to take out the MP. Miller knows he is under surveillance and being stalked, but takes out the contact killer. He also insures that a plutonium shipment by boat is carefully monitored and tracked all the way. Putin knows that Miller with Major Ferguson¿s¿s people were responsible (the British version of the Basement) and wants him dead. The plan works only the wrong person dies Miller with Ferguson¿s help will not rest until all those involved in the assassination plot are dead. --- Suspense grandmaster Jack Higgins writes another fascinating tense thriller that is loaded with action. Yet with all the non--stop action, the story line also contains the political realties of the world today with insight into Muslim fundamentalists, Russia¿s efforts to return to superpower status, the NATO response, and the fragile peace in several places like Northern Ireland. However, as always is the case in a Mr. Higgins¿ thriller, his key characters seem real even when they perform seemingly surreal stunts and yes cold blooded killer Sean Dillon is in the middle of the maelstrom. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

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    Sean & Co still going strong

    Rough Justice picks up the pace in Higgins Sean Dillon series. I have followed this series for a long time and recently its paced had slowed but with Rough Justice Sean and Higgins are both back with a mutli-fauceted story line and lots of fast paced action. Looking for to the next Dillon book in the series. I hope more is done with the newly added characters, Harry Miller and his sister and possible love interest for Sean, Monica.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    Boring

    I couldn't wait to put it down.

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