Jack Higgins was a soldier and then a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. The Eagle Has Landed turned him into an international bestselling author and his novels have since sold over 250 million copies and been translated into fifty-five languages. Many of them have also been made into successful films.
"Death is the Midnight Runner" goes the Arab proverb that gives Higgins's latest its name, but the title could as well refer to the book itself, swift and coursing with dark passion. A sequel to last year's electrifying Edge of Danger, this 33rd novel from the bestselling author finds the usual Higgins crew most notably, former IRA enforcer Sean Dillon and his present boss, Gen. Charles Ferguson, head of a super-secret British agency answering only to the prime minister responding to various revenge gambits by the beautiful and fabulously wealthy half-bedu, half-English Lady Kate Rashid, countess of Loch Dhu and head of the Rashid Bedu tribe of Hazar, whose three brothers were killed by Dillon and his comrades in the earlier book, after, among other acts of infamy, a Rashid assassination attempt on U.S. President Jack Cazalet. Kate first goes after U.S. Sen. Daniel Quinn, sent by Cazalet to England to investigate Kate and her operations, by seeking to discredit the senator's daughter in a drug scandal, but the young woman dies from the drugs given her without her knowledge. Quinn, seeking his own revenge, induces Dillon and company to confront Kate, no problem when they learn that her master plan involves blowing up a bridge in Hazar desert, thereby disrupting world oil flow and plunging the globe into economic crisis; and, of course, Kate wants to kill Dillon and his pals as well. The action rolls from grand London hotel dining rooms and Oval Office to the Hazar desert, and mostly it's as clipped and brutal, as credible and steel-hearted as Higgins's best; only the absurd final duel between Dillon and Kate, a showdown that feels more scripted than lived, keeps the novel from matching that best. (Mar. 4) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
'Higgins is a master of his craft.'
'A compulsively readable storyteller.'
'The master craftsman of good, clean adventure.'
In this sequel to Edge of Danger, Kate Rashid, the only surviving member of the powerful Rashid family, seeks revenge on Sean Dillon and the U.S. president, whom she holds responsible for the death of her three brothers. Rashid and her henchmen scheme to ruin the world's oil supply by blowing up a Rashid-owned pipeline, thus precipitating a disaster that will ruin the president's credibility. For Dillon, she plans violent death. Patrick Macnee is not at his best with this talky adventure, and the listener is frequently confused about which male character is speaking. He uses little variance in pitch, and his accents waver. The American men sound alike, and the drawl that characterizes them is an odd meeting of Alabama and Massachusetts. Wait for another recording; this one is not recommended.-Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Colonial Williamsburg Fdn., VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.