Television audiences around the world witness in horror the Moscow assassination attempt upon the American and Russian presidents. The captured gunman is revealed to be the son of one of Britain's most infamous nuclear defectors, which brings the shuffling, believe-nothing Charlie Muffin into the investigation.
Within hours, the death of the Russian leader and the diagnosis that the American's president's wife will be maimed brings the pressure on the combined American, Russian and British investigators to a melting point. Only Charlie Muffin refuses to accept the defector's son was the sole shooter and he doesn't endear himself to anyoneincluding ex-KGB debriefer Natalia Fedova and mother of Muffin's daughter-and must risk his life and his love to prove his case.
From the corridors of power in Russia to the offices of MI5, Charlie must once again challenge higher authorities to bring justice to all. In perhaps his most intense thriller to date, Brian Freemantle once again uses his unique understanding of international espionage and intrigue to remarkable results.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Series:||Charlie Muffin Thrillers Series , #13|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.74(w) x 8.72(h) x 1.21(d)|
About the Author
Brian Freemantle is the author of over 30 books, which have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. He lives in England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
MI5 Agent Charlie Muffin is currently assigned to Moscow where he serendipitously resides secretly with Russian intelligence official Natalia Fedova. Natalia and Charlie quietly raise their child together though both seem edgy and nervous as their professional work interferes with their relationship. However, all hell breaks loose when the Russian president and the American First lady are critically wounded. The police arrest George Bendall, son of the infamous British turncoat who defected three decades ago, for the assassination attempts. Though the lone gunman case is documented by the TV cameras that caught the shootings, Charlie quickly thinks otherwise as he smells his defunct rivals the KGB behind this odious incident. However, proving this when the media-government bureaucracy says otherwise will be extremely difficult and dangerous. Though his latest caper is an exciting espionage tale, after a quarter of a century of saving the free world, Charlie seems a bit tired especially in his personal life. The story line is at its best when Charlie uncovers pet rocks seeking the evidence that a conspiracy is involved as government programs never die. Series fans will judge this a strong effort and anyone else who takes delight in a modernized Kennedy-like conspiracy plot will rush to read this Brian Freemantle¿s latest thriller. Harriet Klausner