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Title:
Edge of danger
ISBN:
9780399147012

9780425182840
Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©2001.
Physical Description:
273 pages ; 24 cm
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bk. 3.
Summary:
An assassination is planned, but who is the intended victim? Members of the powerful Rashid family plan revenge in a plot worthy of both their British and Arab heritages. This sparks the latest adventure of clandestine operatives Sean Dillon, Blake Johnson, and Hannah Bernstein.
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Higgins, J.
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"The President was running fast now, in the heavy driving rain of Nantucket, and enjoying every minute of it. It washed the years away, and with the world as it was, he could certainly do with that... And in the reeds, the killers waited.""I always return." For centuries, that had been the Rashid family motto. Over the years, the family's British and Arab ancestries had interwoven to produce a remarkable family of warriors, as at home under the pitiless desert sun as in the streets of London. But it is to neither of these places that the Rashids now direct their rage. It is to the United States, whose president they hold accountable for a series of attacks against their power and their honor. From opposite ends of the world, hints are picked up by Blake Johnson, head of the clandestine White House operation known as The Basement, and his Irish colleague, Sean Dillon, but hints to what? By whom? Frantically, they work to find the answer--and meanwhile the killers wait.And that is only the beginning...Brilliantly suspenseful, Edge of Danger is further proof that in the words of the Associated Press: "When it comes to thriller writers, one name stands well above the crowd -- Jack Higgins."


Author Notes

Jack Higgins is a writer and educator, born in Newcastle, England on July 17, 1929. The name is the pseudonym of Harry Patterson. He also wrote under the names of Martin Fallon, James Graham, and Hugh Marlowe during his early writing career. He attended Leeds Training College and eventually graduated from the University of London in 1962 with a B.S. degree in Sociology.

Higgins held a series of jobs, including a stint as a non-commissioned officer in the Royal House of Guards serving on the German border during the Cold War. He taught at Leeds College of Commerce and James Graham College. He has written more than 60 books including The Eagle Has Landed, Touch the Devil, Confessional, The Eagle Has Flown, and Eye of the Storm. Higgins is also the author of the Sean Dillon series. His novels have since sold over 250 million copies and been translated into fifty-five languages.

His title's The Death Trade and Rain on the Dead made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

After 31 Higgins thrillers, nearly all first-rate, fans know that this author is as reliable as a Rolls. His 32nd novel proves no letdown. Pitting returning antihero Sean Dillon, once of the IRA, now with British intelligence, against an aristocratic English-Arab family bent on vengeance that threatens world order, the story whips along. From London to the Middle East, from Ireland to the White House, it swirls with intrigue and snaps with violence. While driving drunk in England, a Russian diplomat kills the mother of Paul Rashid, Earl of Loch Dhu, one of the world's richest men. The diplomat is protected by both the Russians and the Americans, between whom he was brokering an oil deal. In retaliation, Rashid, whose Arab side stems from fierce desert "Bedu," lashes out by ordering the assassination of the American president. Rashid hires an infamous Irish terrorist to do the deed, but in a tense stalk-and-shoot at the presidential retreat at Nantucket, the attempt failsDprompting Rashid to go after other targets. Higgins's no-nonsense prose builds a tough tale peopled by menDand a few women, notably Rashid's beautiful, equally fierce sisterDwho thrive on danger and are smart enough to quote Plato in explaining why ("`the life which is unexamined is not worth living.' Which means to me: the life not put to the test"). Dillon's usual gang joins the diminutive, deadly Irishman as he tracks Rashid from one outrage to another, culminating in a showdown in an ancient Scot castle that leaves no doubt of a sequel. This is Higgins near the top of his game, hands a blur as, fast and hard, he deals another winner. Literary Guild main selection. (Feb. 19) Forecast: Like his talent, Higgins's welcome on bestseller lists never seems to wear out. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Kirkus Review

Higgins’s heroes save Western Civ for the umpteenth time (most recently in The White House Connection, 1999). Now it’s the filthy rich, incredibly powerful, mindlessly fanatical Rashid family that poses the threat. Half-English, half-Arab and certainly half-mad, these are people for whom hating is an imperative. In particular, they hate the US, “the Great Satan,” and have decided it’s a good idea to assassinate popular President Jake Cazalet. Or, rather, family head Paul Rashid has decided. His sister and two younger brothers just hang around striking properly worshipful attitudes until Paul assigns them one dirty job or another. But, curses! Even though Higgins’s heroes are at the moment elsewhere deployed, the president’s wonder dog, Murchison, sniffs out and foils the assassination plot in the nick. Undeterred, Paul is instantly ready to plot again, a multiple target this time. Twelve unfortunate sheiks called the Council of Elders have managed to displease him; a bomb should do nicely for them, he informs his biddable sibs. Cue Sean Dillon! Once a terrorist, now England’s ablest counterterrorist, he collects the rest of Higgins’s heroes. First, they save the Elders, then, later, they save the Russian premier—plotting Paul never runs dry. But at last Paul’s hate falls on the recipient Higgins always intended: Sean Dillon. Mano a mano on the roof of Paul’s manor house, they battle ferociously. One of them goes over, one survives. You can guess which? Of course you can, but will this be a case of Moriarity revisited? Guns pop, body bags fill, and featureless characters spout pseudo profundities as impenetrable as: “You know, I love old movies. So often they depict life in a way life doesn’t.” Your move.


Library Journal Review

If one accepts the premise that the global powers must employ a few assassins to keep the world safe for democracy, then this book of revenge and nonstop violence will seem credible. After British Earl and Arab oil tycoon Paul Rashid fails in an attempt to assassinate the President of the United States, the Americans and British bring out their secret weapon, assassin Sean Dillon, to stop Rashid's next lethal move. Dillon, who is adept at killing and has a gift for survival, not surprisingly wins the day. Gerard Doyle's entertaining reading shines, especially through the Irish and cockney dialog between Dillon and his sidekick, Billy. Even though the story is formulaic and predictable, Doyle's privileged criminals and protectors possess an energy and suavity beyond the expensive liquor that the characters absorb like sponges. Recommended for popular collections. - Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Williamsburg, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.