Triple Cross [NOOK Book]


When Moscow's Organized Crime Bureau chief Dimitri Danilov teams up once more with William Cowley, head of the FBI's Russian desk, their attempt to thwart a unified global mafia makes for Brian Freemantle's most unique and explosive Danilov/Cowley thriller yet. Their mission: to stop the Mafias of the U.S., Russia, and Italy from forming themselves into an organized crime conglomerate with the power to, quite literally, rule the world.

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When Moscow's Organized Crime Bureau chief Dimitri Danilov teams up once more with William Cowley, head of the FBI's Russian desk, their attempt to thwart a unified global mafia makes for Brian Freemantle's most unique and explosive Danilov/Cowley thriller yet. Their mission: to stop the Mafias of the U.S., Russia, and Italy from forming themselves into an organized crime conglomerate with the power to, quite literally, rule the world.

Their investigation reaches right into the seat of the U.S. government, when the FBI agent nephew of the House Speaker is blown up in a car bombing. And it becomes very personal indeed when it's proved the Russian capo di tutti i capi was responsible for the murder of Danilov's lover.

But before they can begin to solve the crimes, Danilov and Cowley have to get themselves together-their good cop, bad cop command of a multinational investigation team risks disastrous failure when Danilov decides upon personal, murderous retribution for his lover's death. Cowley, himself threatened by the exposure of his near alcoholism and with his career on the line, has no choice but to cross his partner and friend and prevent the Russian's professional suicide.

With Triple Cross, Brian Freemantle proves again his mastery of international intrigue and thrills. With double cross after double cross, the mobs stay contemptuously ahead of a pursuit that ventures from America to Moscow to Rome. But will Danilov and Cowley be able to surmount their personal demons and bring the mobsters to justice? They're on the verge of bringing down international crime when Danilov, both in and out of control, springs the Triple Cross.

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Publishers Weekly
Taking a hiatus from MI6 operative Charlie Muffin (Kings of Many Castles, etc.), this gripping intrigue revisits the savvy teamwork of veteran FBI agent William Cowley (now heading the Russian desk in Washington) and his old cohort Dimitri Danilov (chief of Moscow's Organized Crime Bureau), last seen in The Watchmen, as they go up against an insanely homicidal Russian mafia kingpin who is determined to consolidate with the Italian and American Mafia families and eventually take over as il capo di tutti i capi (the boss of bosses) of a global consortium for organized crime. Igor Orlov-with the help of mistress Irena (wife of Igor's physician twin, Ivan)-tortures and mutilates the five leaders of rival families, floating their bodies down the river nailed to crosses in a lurid move to assume control of the Russian mob. Wasting no time, Igor flies to Rome and Chicago, conferring with Italian and American godfathers and laying groundwork for a worldwide crime cartel, which he plans to eventually take over. When Igor visits the HQ of the Russian mob at the Odessa Bar and Grill at Brooklyn's Brighton Beach and summarily executes three punks as an object lesson, the case comes under Cowley's jurisdiction, and he asks for Danilov's help cross-checking the corpses against Russian records. Learning Orlov is responsible for the car-bombing death of his lover, Danilov secretly plots revenge. More killings link the two events, and FBI stakeouts in Moscow take the action to Berlin, where Orlov sets a trap resulting in a mass car-bombing near the Berlin Wall Memorial. Cowley, fighting to keep his alcoholism at bay, dealing with political pressure and preventing Danilov from becoming both jury and executioner, flies to Moscow, where a pulse-pounding, satisfying final confrontation brings an end to this rousing international thriller. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Megalomaniac gangster goes on a killing spree as he tries to become Russia's bossky of bosskies. Attempting to thwart him is that law enforcement odd couple Danilov and Cowley, last seen in The Watchmen (2002). Dimitri Danilov, now head of Moscow's Crime Bureau, and Bill Cowley, now head of the FBI's Russian desk, have in the past worked well together as international investigators. They like and trust each other, which is more than either can say about the lion's share of his home-based colleagues. But both have baggage that will prove complicating as they pursue deadly, deranged Igor Gavrilovich Orlov, who's as wily as he is wacky. Danilov has become a man with secrets: His lover was murdered in a gangland hit, and he's sworn to avenge her. When her killer turns out to be none other than Orlov, the temptation of vigilantism is almost overpowering. Cowley, on the other hand, is an alcoholic in denial, in part because seeking help is such an obvious downer of a career move, and so, as pressure mounts-Freemantle is a master at depicting the genteel savagery of bureaucratic infighting-the temptation of the bottle blurs his focus. In the meantime, Orlov, to whom murder is merely good business practice, fills body bags in three countries on his way to realizing his upwardly mobile dream of Mafia preeminence. At one point, quite gratuitously, he arranges a car-bombing that destroys 12 FBI agents and 16 innocent bystanders-a group that comes within an eyelash of including Danilov-while laughing at the presumption of law enforcement dullards who imagine themselves a match for Orlov's brilliance. That he doesn't laugh last is a given, of course. Freemantle villains never get short shrift. Thelist of Freemantle's outings runs to thirty-plus now. While this one is a smidge less than his best, no one in the field is more consistently readable. Agent: Robin Straus/Robin Straus Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429974097
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/2004
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,236,652
  • File size: 461 KB

Meet the Author

Brian Freemantle is the author of over 30 books, which have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. He lives in England.

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    Posted February 19, 2004

    A fine thriller

    The soul of Moscow Crime Bureau Chief Dimitri Danilov is filled with vengeance as he desperately needs to kill Igor Gavrilovich Orlov for murdering his lover. At about the same time while Dimitri thirsts in frustration, insane yet brilliant Orlov begins his plan of a hostile takeover of his business rivals, the Italian and American mafias with his goal being king of kings of an international corporation of mobsters. Being Russian brings Orlov to the attention of Bill Cowley, chief of the FBI's Russian desk, who has his own problems dealing with alcohol..................................... Danilov and Cowley have worked together (see THE WATCHMAN) and share mutual trust and like something neither believes in towards their respective bureau¿s employees. As Orlov raises the death count including FBI agents and innocent bystanders as well as his rivals, Danilov and Cowley deal with their bureaucracies seeking to shift culpability elsewhere while also demanding full credit if success occurs. Frustrated they team up to stop a megalomaniac from triumphing in his hostile takeover bid................................. Once again Brian Freemantle provides an exhilarating thriller that grips the reader once the three key characters have begun the march towards a final show down. The story line is fast-paced and filled with non-stop action. However, the key to a Freemantle tale is the cast. In this case, the two law enforcement leads remains consistent personality wise to the previous teaming yet their baggage is new while Orlov is a three dimensional villain whose deployment of his plan appears so real he steals the show. Mr. Freemantle has provided another entertaining winner........................... Harriet Klausner

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