Adrian Magson is the author of 20 crime and spy thrillers, including the Harry Tate series, the Lucas Rocco series and the Marc Portman series. His latest books are ‘The Locker’ (Midnight Ink - Feb 2016) the first in a new thriller series, and ‘Hard Cover’ (Severn House - March 2016), the third of his Marc Portman novels.
Following the disappearance of US defense attaché, Dennis
O’Grady, all eyes turn instinctively towards an Islamist kidnap plot,
reflecting O’Grady’s previous work in the Middle East. There is also the fear
that with the anniversary of 9/11 approaching, terrorists may be planning to
launch a hit on New York.
Former Delta Force
operative, now private citizen, Jon Reznick is called in by FBI Assistant
Director Martha Meyerstein to help with the search, as she doesn’t know who she
can trust among the various agencies represented, including the CIA, NSA,
Pentagon and Defense Intelligence Agency. She also needs his detached – and
non-partisan - viewpoint when it comes to working in a complex inter-agency atmosphere.
Right from the start,
Reznick’s internal alarm bells start ringing. The disappearance of a young
intern known to O’Grady, and her connection with a top surgeon, Adam Kendrick,
feels all wrong. In fact, Kendrick himself feels wrong. He’s brilliant, a keen
charity worker, a ferocious fitness fanatic and never puts a foot wrong. So why
does Reznick have this cold feeling about him? The search team, however, refuse
to even consider investigating Kendrick, focussing instead on Islamist cells as
Layer by layer, and
backed by Meyerstein against the advice of highly-placed officials, and with
the 9/11 anniversary getting closer and the US president holding centre-stage, Reznick
digs away at Kendrick’s history, trying to find even one thing to back up his
Is he wrong? Have his
instincts deserted him?
In this his second
Reznick/Meyerstein thriller, JB Turner builds nicely on the unusual
relationship between his two characters, the ex-soldier and the FBI assistant
director. Yet he never descends into the clichéd will-they-won’t-they
territory. The lines here are clearly defined; she’s the boss, steering the
investigation and guarding Reznick’s back from official doubters, while he’s
thesharp edge and Meyerstein’s alternative viewpoint to a wider picture,
unhindered by agency jealousies and narrow thinking.
The pace alternates
neatly between the investigative discussions (controlled) and the fast-paced
actions sequences, where Reznick comes into his own and can follow his
instincts. The writing is sold and the characterisation clear, with great
tension as the chase intensifies and the layers of the plot are peeled away
with shocking results.
A darned good read.