When the US Attaché to Turkey, Colonel Emmet Portman, is found butchered in his Istanbul residence, Special Agents Vin Cooper and Anna Masters are sent to investigate. Within days of their arrival, Portman’s associates begin to die gruesomely. There’s a serial killer at large.
But there are inconsistencies. Why does one murder appear to have religious symbolism, while the next doesn’t? Why do the slayings appear to have been executed with military precision? And why has Portman’s email inbox been tampered with and whole days’ worth of communications apparently wiped out?
Nothing is making a hell of a lot of sense to Cooper – not least, Anna’s plan to marry JAG lawyer Colonel Richard Wadding, known to everyone who has ever come into contact with him as Colonel Dick Wad.
Cooper and Masters find themselves hunted, smacked around, shot at, buried alive and blown up from Turkey to Iraq, to Egypt to Oak Ridge. And it would be helpful if they were on speaking terms.
David Rollins employs the natural suspicion and lack of cooperation that exists between the Turkish and US military and spy forces to create a suspenseful scenario where no on knows who to trust or with whom to cooperate. The pace of the story is fast, the action unrelenting… For readers looking for the next Tom Clancy, Rollins could well be the man.
Bookseller and Publisher (July to September ’08)
David Rollins once again delivers a thriller that mixes recent actual historical events with a plausible social conscience. This third book in the Vin Cooper series (The Death Trust & A Knife Edge) delivers a complicated story in which nothing can be taken for granted. The characters work, the pace is unceasing and the ending leaves you absolutely gasping.