A fabulous contemporary thriller from the master of the genre – the author of the international bestsellers Midnight Runner, A Fine Night for Dying and Bad Company.
Sean Dillon is back in another heart-stopping, adrenalin-laced adventure
When the president's right hand men foil a plan to assassinate him. Sean Dillon is called upon to trace the would-be killer's history
It appears the assassin is British with Muslim connections, and suddenly Dillon is on a trail that leads him to England, Russia and Iraq, where he prepares for the deadliest challenge of his life.
‘Open a Jack Higgins novel and you'll encounter a master craftsman at the peak of his powers … first-rate tales of intrigue, suspense and full-on action.’
‘Higgins is a master of his craft.’
‘A thriller writer in a class of his own.’
‘The master craftsman of good, clean adventure.’
About the author
Jack Higgins lived in Belfast till the age of twelve. Leaving school at fifteen, he spent three years with the Royal Horse Guards, and was later a teacher and university lecturer. His thirty-sixth novel, The Eagle Has Landed (1975), turned him into an international bestselling author, and his novels have since sold over 250 million copies and been translated into sixty languages. Many have been made into successful films. He died in 2022, at his home in Jersey, surrounded by his family.
Many of Higgins's thrillers have told one continuing saga, involving the efforts of Gen. Charles Ferguson (head of the British PM's "Private Army") and his staff to fend off various threats to queen and country. Here the timely challenge is Arab terrorism, but wobbly focus makes this a mediocre entry in a generally first-rate series. An attempt on the American president's life leads Ferguson who alerted the Secret Service to the threat and his main man, legendary hit man and former IRA enforcer Sean Dillon, to Josef Belov, an associate of Vladimir Putin (who appears in a cameo) and a Russian oil billionaire who's intent on world domination and who along the way is funneling would-be jihadists from Britain into terrorist training camps in the Middle East. Instead of concentrating on the promising terrorist angle, Higgins traces Dillon and Ferguson's pursuit of Belov and his goons, a race that leads to violent shootouts in Iraq and elsewhere. Ferguson takes a bullet, and Supt. Hannah Bernstein is seriously hurt. The story climaxes in a vengeful, bloody foray by Dillon and old sidekick Billy Salter into Belov's castle stronghold in Ireland. Higgins's action has always been clipped, but here some scenes are positively rushed, and there's much that's overly familiar. Still, the author's high-speed narration and the mesmerizing hard edges of heroes and villains alike should sustain fans' perhaps grudging interest.
Well written British espionage thriller. Evil Russians, Irish mercenaries, Islamic extremists and of course, the good old Brits and Yanks. Higgins being Higgins.
Characters are animated cardboard
But still a decent summer read.
Not my favorite
Dark Justice was not my favorite Jack Higgins novel, but okay. I had some trouble keeping up with who's who, and got a bit bogged down with the plot. But he finished in classic Sean Dillon style.