You can't spend too much time at Book Sales & Bookstores without
the many books of Jon Land. But I'd managed to avoid reading
one because of
their generic Ludlumesque titles--Omega Deception, Doomsday Spiral,
Option, etc. But this book grabbed my attention. With the
end of the Cold War,
the Middle East seems to offer the most fertile ground for thriller
Land has savvily set his 19th novel in the newly independent Palestinian
Bank. The story follows Ben Kamal, an American Arab policeman
who has returned
to his homeland to help train the Palestinian Police Forces,
Barnea, a female Shin Bet agent, as they join forces to track down
killer, Al-Dib "The Wolf".
This book is a marvel. It contains all that is best and worst
writing. Land's story is exciting and the plot rockets forward.
are extremely likable. The opposition that Kamal and Barnea face
from their own
bosses & from a hostile populace add a terrific layer of tension.
book also has about three endings & just keeps going on & on;
it would be much
better less 75 pages. And it contains one of the most annoying
modern detective fiction, the rogue hero, in this case ex-Colonel Frank
Brickland, who will do the dirty work that our central heroes
can not do--think
of Hawk in the Spenser series.
With all that, I think if you're about to get on an airplane & you're
for a good, quick, big-print read, you won't do much better than this