Thrillers: Will family law prevail over justice?
The Inside Man, Jeff Abbott, Sphere, pbk original, 391 pp, €9.63
Sam Capra is a former CIA agent who now runs a string of bars used as safe houses for a very shadowy arm of an organisation called the Round Table. He's bar-keeping in Stormy's tavern when Steve Robles, his best customer and an old friend, asks him a favour. Sam reluctantly refuses, but when Steve is gunned down only minutes later outside, he pursues the two assassins and avenges his friend.
But what is the connection between his friend's death and Cordelia, the beautiful young woman who had hired Steve to protect her? To find out he infiltrates Cori's family, acting as her boyfriend. The Varela family, one of the most powerful and dangerous families in Southern Florida, run a successful airfreight business that operates on both sides of the law. The patriarch, Rey Vareles, who has close ties with the Russian mafia, is trying to make a smooth transition to his children but may be losing his mind to Alzheimer's. Everything is unravelling fast as his children jockey for position, and San discovers that some of them are more ruthless than their father.
SAS sees Britain under siege
Corgi, pbk, 376pp, €18.29
Jeff Abbott's fourth Sam Capra is, as ever, a wonderfully exciting adrenalin-charged adventure.
Andy McNab is a former member of the SAS who knows first hand all there is to know about covert operations. His debut book, Bravo Two Zero, a non-fiction account the Gulf War, was a huge hit and since then he has put his military experience to good use in a series of tough, no-holds-barred novels, 16 of them featuring former SAS officer Nick Stone. Fortress is the third book in McNab's SAS Sergeant Tom Buckingham series, and here a soured Buckingham is back in Britain, angry, betrayed and out of work thanks to an operation that went wrong in Afghanistan. Approached by a shadowy billionaire with a questionable agenda, Buckingham has some hard choices to make as Britain is torn apart by unrest and violence.
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