Maxim follows up Bannerman's Law (Bantam, 1991) and The Bannerman Effect (Bantam, 1990) with another adventure starring Paul Bannerman and his cutthroat cohorts. In this latest title, the action shifts from Switzerland to Russia as agents, ex-agents, criminals, and security services plot and counterplot in a complex tale of stolen chemical weapons, missing Party funds, and drugs. Groups and individuals collide with one another in violent encounters that also involve the CIA and KGB as everyone tries to control the situation. Readers unfamiliar with Maxim's previous titles may find themselves occasionally baffled by references to various characters' pasts, but the book can stand alone. Recommended for suspense collections and where the author's earlier books have proven popular.-- Stanley Planton, Ohio Univ.-Chillicothe Lib.