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  • Hardback | 310 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0718119339
  • 9780718119331

Review Text

Clear, bright, commonplace Washington, D.C. suspense - far less colorful than Duncan's swaggering thrillers, Temple Dogs and Dragons at the Gate. Computer analyst William Cameron is making a routine audit of the Defense Department's financial accounts, using the Defense Intelligence Agency computer, when the machine seems to go haywire and gives him printouts of Russian maps. What has happened? Well, as Cameron learns when he listens to a tape presumably left to him by his late colonel father, there's a Department of Defense plan to test a neutron guided-missile warhead on a bunch of black prisoners in a Nevada prison workhouse. The plot has been computerized in disguise - as if it were a Russian village on the map - and it is this that Cameron has plugged into. But does all this also have something to do with the missing 18O minutes from Nixon's famous tape? Or with the death of Cameron's father? Yes, it does - as Cameron quickly learns when he finds himself framed for the murder of his foul ex-wife by Wicker, a Gordon-Liddyish professional government assassin. Familiar paranoia-thriller episodes ensue, all leading to the big moment in Nevada, when Cameron toys with the computer and redirects the neutron missile to blow up his dad's killer. Professional, neatly swift and sure, with cool-killer Wicker a better-than-average nemesis - but, except for those with a strong computer-lore susceptibility, this is a disappointingly routine performance by a storyteller capable of far more bravado and panache. (Kirkus Reviews)
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