Stephen Leather's BESTSELLING breakthrough thriller, previously published as THE CHINAMAN - perfect for fans of Lee Child and James Patterson.
He understood death.
Jungle-skilled, silent and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless when his two eldest daughters had been raped and killed by Thai pirates.
Now all that was behind him. Quiet, hard-working and unassuming, he was building up his South London take-away business.
Until the day his wife and youngest daughter were destroyed by an IRA bomb in a Knightsbridge department store.
Then, simply but persistently, he began to ask the authorities who were the men responsible, what was being done. And was turned away, fobbed off, treated as a nuisance.
Which was when, denied justice, he decided on revenge. And went back to war.
Praise for Stephen Leather
'Explores complex contemporary issues while keeping the action fast and bloody'
'Action and scalpel-sharp suspense'
'The sheer impetus of his story-telling is damned hard to resist'
A series of vicious bombings in London propels this timely, action-packed fourth novel from former journalist Leather ( Hungry Ghost ). The IRA claims responsibility for the violence, although Liam Hennessy, advisor to the Sinn Fein, the IRA's political wing, cannot identify those involved. After a department-store blast kills a lovely Vietnamese girl and her mother, the girl's father, Nguyen, a guerilla fighter who witnessed the rape and slaughter of two other daughters while fleeing Vietnam years earlier, vows revenge. Dubbed the Chinaman by Ian Wood, a freelance journalist covering the bombings, Nguyen harasses an anguished Hennessy, who has been accused by intimates, including his adulterous wife, of ``going soft . . . on the Cause,'' to disclose names. Refused, the bereft and driven Nguyen, adept with explosives, mounts his own campaign--bomb for bomb--against the ever more ruthless unknown terrorists. Tracing Nguyen's tormented solo actions, the conflict among IRA factions and Wood's investigative efforts, Leather builds his story to its desperate, chilling resolution. The technical information about crafting bombs from spare parts and the scenes of the havoc they wreak are explicit and convincing.
Amazing book I recommend you read it.
Read the book straight through. An amazing read.