Dunne, Dec 2002, 24.95,
MI5 Agent Charlie Muffin is currently assigned to Moscow where he serendipitously resides secretly with Russian intelligence official Natalia Fedova. Natalia and Charlie quietly raise their child together though both seem edgy and nervous as their professional work interferes with their relationship.
However, problems begin when the Russian president and the American First lady are critically wounded. The police arrest George Bendall, son of the infamous British turncoat who defected three decades ago, for the assassination attempts. Though the lone gunman case is documented by the TV cameras that caught the shootings, Charlie quickly thinks otherwise as he smells his defunct rivals the KGB behind this odious incident. However, proving this when the media-government bureaucracy says otherwise will be extremely difficult and dangerous.
Though his latest caper is an exciting espionage tale, after a quarter of a century of saving the free world, Charlie seems a bit tired especially in his personal life. The story line is at its best when Charlie uncovers pet rocks seeking the evidence that a conspiracy is involved as government programs never die. Series fans will judge this a strong effort and anyone else who takes delight in a modernized Kennedy-like conspiracy plot will rush to read this Brian Freemantle's latest thriller.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner