The Last Assassin

The Last Assassin

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  • Paperback | 488 pages
  • 160 x 240mm
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Grafton
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0246137665
  • 9780246137661

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An international thriller and tight, smoothly graven first novel, given to convulsive horrors, set in the late 70s in which seven world leaders - President Carter, Mohammad Reza Shah, King Khalid of Saudi Arabia, Leonid Brezhnev, Prime Minister Rabin, Anwar al-Sadat, and Pope Paul - are slated for assassination by seven Iranian rebel zealots. It is now late 1978. For the past seven years, cold-eyed CIA field-agent Peter Randall has been operating out of CIA headquarters in the US Embassy in Teheran. A year ago he accompanied Masood Heshmat, a chief in the Shah's dreaded information-gathering torture service SAVAK, in a raid on seven terrorists holed up in a Qolhak back street. When the soldiers raced into the house, they found the well-armed terrorists neatly seated against a wall with their throats cut. Why did they commit suicide rather than take some of their detested enemies with them? Because their deaths were an invocation to Allah for aid in their leader's messianic scheme to announce his arrival by assassinating seven world leaders. Now Heshmat, to save his skin, has gone into hiding. When Randall's Swedish-Japanese mistress is literally shot to pieces in their apartment by an assassin with a submachine gun, Randall knows that Heshmat has the answer to the murder. Randall wants revenge. But when he finds Heshmat, just as he's about to bugger a small boy, the submachine gunner returns, blows Heshmat and 26 other whorehouse customers to pieces and shoots up Randall as well. Randall awakens after four months to find the embassy fallen and himself, though hospitalized, a prisoner of the revolutionary tribunal. Meanwhile, an assassin in Washington, pretending to negotiate for the embassy prisoners, works his way into the presence of President Carter. In Mecca the mad Mullah, who sent out the seven assassins, captures the Sanctuary of the Great Mosque with his armed followers and announces to Islam that the Christian unbeliever, Carter, will die on the morrow. (Khomeini cries it's an American. Zionist plot.) Randall, escaped from Teheran, stops the Carter assassin, who has the President's throat in a wire loop. And so it goes with assassins around the globe, until Randall faces down the last assassin. . .only to have a still-newer false messiah arise with fresh assassinations in mind. Easterman keeps a steady pace through the attractive horrors of Middle Eastern messiah pathology. He is a careful first novelist whose bloodbursts erupt against fully imagined backgrounds. Randall serves the novel quite well, but perhaps next time out Easterman will have a warmer, less emotionally vacant or damaged hero. (Kirkus Reviews)show more