Sunday, 23 October 2016
Rendezvous With Death
A VIP in the form of a British diplomat has been abducted in Pakistan.
At first it is believed that the kidnapping is a terrorist outrage. But then evidence comes to light that this may not be the case, that the disappearance may have been engineered on behalf of a powerful tycoon with vendetta on his mind.
Nick Dyson is a London-based Barrister who decides to accept an apparently lucrative position as the personal assistant to an old friend of his, Robert Laidlaw who is employed as a Special Envoy to the Middle East, based in Islamabad.
Unfortunately Robert and his wife Emma and also now Nick have made a bitter personal enemy of an influential tycoon who is based in the city of Islamabad, a man by the name of Gerald Macbeth.
Robert suddenly vanishes and his security guard is discovered, beheaded.
Nicks' suspicions are raised and he begins to believe that Gerald Macbeth, and not 'terrorists' are involved in the murder of the security guard and the disappearance of Robert Laidlaw.
He attempts to persuade Emma to escape from Pakistan with him.
But is Nick all that he seems? And who, exactly, are the guilty ones?
Who are the real sinners? Who the really sinned against?
And what dreadful events from the past have reached their bony fingers down to the present day?
This is a fascinating book with more than a few twists and some rather unexpected turns.
It's a welcome addition to the canon of works of Gil Hogg.
It is priced at £8.99 and is published by Matador and is an excellent stocking filler for the mystery novel fan in your life.
You can buy it from the That's Books and Entertainment book shop and gift shop. You'll find the portal to said shop just to the right hand side of this book review.