A Darker Place

A Darker Place

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Dillon and company are back in the ultimate blockbuster from the 'legend' that is Jack Higgins Disillusioned with the Putin Government, famous Russian writer and ex-paratrooper Alexander Kurbsky decides he wants to disappear into the West. However he is under no illusions about how the news will be greeted at home - he has seen too many of his countrymen die mysteriously at the hands of the thuggish Russian security services, so he makes elaborate plans with Charles Ferguson, Sean Dillon and the rest of the group known informally as the "Prime Minister's private army" for his escape and concealment. It's a real coup for the West...except for one thing. Kurbsky is still working for the Russians. The plan is to infiltrate British and American intelligence at the highest levels, and he has his own motivations for doing the most effective job possible. He does not care what he has to do or where he has to go...or whom he has to kill.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 112 x 172 x 40mm | 281.23g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Harper
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • 0007294956
  • 9780007294954
  • 136,127

About Jack Higgins

Jack Higgins was a soldier and then a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. 'The Eagle Has Landed' turned him into an international bestselling author and his novels have since sold over 250 million copies and been translated into fifty-five languages. Many of them have also been made into successful films.show more

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A high-profile Russian defects to the Brits (or not) in Higgins's latest thriller (Rough Justice, 2008, etc.).Alexander Kurbsky is an ex-paratrooper, a battle-scarred veteran of Russia's brutal wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya. He's also a bestselling, critically acclaimed novelist. In New York, as guest of honor at a United Nations literary function, he's introduced to the lovely Lady Monica Starling, double-billed in her own right. A glamorous member of the British aristocracy, she is, clandestinely, a member in good standing of "the Prime Minister's private army," that tiny but fearsome band of counterterrorists responsible, again and again, for the salvation of Western civilization. Kurbsky and Lady Monica get on famously, a meeting that ends with the Russian confessing an itch to cross over. Excited by the prospect of a big-time catch, Lady Monica immediately contacts master spy Sean Dillon, newly her lover, and an arrangement is made for an ersatz kidnapping. Meanwhile, Kurbsky is finalizing a different kind of arrangement, this one with the Russian prime minister. In the lionized soldier/novelist, Putin thinks he has the perfect mole who, reluctant or not, will make the required moves in the motherland's nonstop geopolitical chess game with the West. His reasoning seems flawless. Languishing in an infamous Siberian prison is Kurbsky's beloved sister, and as long as he keeps her there, Putin is certain he can count on the necessary leverage. But life and spy-craft are full of little surprises, and one never knows how an epiphany at just the right time will change the rules of the game.A potboiler, sure, but with his swashbuckling nonhero, Higgins demonstrates anew that an engaging character can fan sparks no matter how retro the formula. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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Praise for Jack Higgins: 'Open a Jack Higgins novel and you'll encounter a master craftsman at the peak of his powers ... first-rate tales of intrigue, suspense and full-on action.' Sunday Express 'Higgins is a master of his craft.' Daily Telegraph 'A thriller writer in a class of his own.' Financial Times 'The master craftsman of good, clean adventure.' Daily Mailshow more
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