Putnam, April 2002, 25.95, 304 pp.
Kate Rashid AKA The Countess of Loch Dhu is young, beautiful, and the wealthiest woman in the world. She is half Arab and half English and uses the money to gain even more power than she has already has because she has declared a jihad against some very powerful individuals including the president of the United States. The American's top spymaster Blake Johnson, and his British counterpart General Charles Ferguson and his most lethal agent Sean, an ex-IRA enforcer are her current targets.
She blames them for the death of her three brothers that she loved deeply. She doesn't care they were trying to kill the President and Blake. She wants her revenge and she will have it or die trying. Assisting her in her diabolical plot is her newly discovered relative, Rubert Dauncey. They have something very special planned for their enemies but they don't realize that those they want dead are one step behind or ahead of them, waiting to catch them off guard.
A Jack Higgins novel is usually a thrill a second but MIDNIGHT RUNNER is a thrill a nanosecond. It starts off at warp speed and never slows down for a moment racing towards a life and death finale that will leave readers breathless but satisfied. Fans familiar with this series will be happily reunited with some old and familiar characters while those reading the author for the first time will immediately want to go out and find his back list so they can read it ASAP.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner