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The Mark Of The Assassin


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Author's other titles inc. "The Unlikely Spy"

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Daniel Silva lives in Washington, USA


For his second thriller, Silva turns from World War II (The Unlikely Spy, LJ 12/96) to a modern intelligence milieu with corrupt government officials and wealthy special interests. The title character, October, is a contract master assassin released by the KGB 30 years ago. CIA agent Michael Osbourne, a terrorism expert, saw October kill his girlfriend and badly wants to capture him. Then the investigation of a missile-downed airliner off the coast of Long Island reveals a body with three shots to the faceÄOctober's signature. Osbourne's need to attend to his marriage while trying to stop October's completion of a multiple-hit contract and to uncover those financing it lead to a violent denouement. With concise, vivid character sketches, Silva weaves a swiftly paced, internationally tangled plot. Fans of Ludlum and Forsyth will look for this Literary Guild selection. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/97.]ÄV. Louise Saylor, formerly with Eastern Washington Univ,. Libs., Cheney

A terrific thriller ... One of the best-drawn fictional assassins since THE DAY OF THE JACKAL * SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER *
Split-second suspense by an inventive ace of the genre ... a writer who is bringing new life to the international thriller * NEWSDAY *
Compulsively enjoyable ... Silva keeps the double-crosses moving at a frenzied clip * SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE *
A taut spy thriller ... Silva's writing is clean, his characterisations pithy. And he keeps readers guessing * NEW YORK POST *
A gleefully inventive series of plot twists ... Silva, who's debut, THE UNLIKELY SPY, put the WWII thriller back on the map, brings the genre up to date with a vengeance in an exhilarating story that roots razzle-dazzle espionage heroics in contemporary political headlines * KIRKUS *

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