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A wild justice : a novel, Craig Thomas

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A wild justice : a novel
Title
A wild justice
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Craig Thomas
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Review
  • Combining Russian detectives, Iranian spies, Vietnamese drug smugglers and a grief-stricken American hero, Thomas (Firefox) comes up a winner with his 13th novel. With his usual clarity and energy, he sets two plot lines in motion in the opening scenes: in Russia, local police discover the corpse of an American employee of Grainger-Turgenev, a joint venture in Siberia; in America, Billy Grainger of Grainger Technologies and his wife, Beth, are murdered in their home. Although the American deaths look like the work of robbers, Beth's grieving brother, ex-CIA agent John Lock, soon discovers that Grainger's profits, and Billy's lifestyle, are due to a heroin-smuggling ring that dates back to Billy's service as a CIA agent in Vietnam. Back in Russia, the local cops doggedly uncover evidence that Grainger-Turgenev is involved in a unique kind of drug-smuggling operation. As the Russian cops stir up enough waves to make themselves the target of retaliation by the smugglers and their allies in the Russian intelligence services, Lock must survive long enough to journey to Siberia, join forces with the police and avenge the death of his sister. Readers may be way ahead of Lock in figuring out the identity of the chief villain, but this lapse is more than made up for by Thomas's skill in mixing the grittiness of a police procedural with the high-concept tension of a spy thriller, and by the novel's exciting final third, a brilliantly executed chase sequence set in a Siberian blizzard. (May)
  • Thriller veteran Thomas (Playing with Cobras, 1993, etc.) returns, this time with a Gorky Park wannabe that forgot a basic tenet of the genre: provide numerous twists and turns, yes, but keep it relatively simple. Vorontsyev, chief of detectives in a Siberian gas-field town, is called to investigate the murder of an American businessman. The Russian's sometime nemesis is a GRU colonel who, citing reasons of state security, soon takes over the case -- much to Vorontsyev's relief. He's busy enough trying to uphold the laws and stay honest while living and working in a boomtown severely corrupted by foreign investment and influences. But a drug-smuggling racket that Vorontsyev is trying to crack keeps leading him back to the dead American. He later uncovers disturbing connections between the murder and Iranian Intelligence, missing Russian nuclear scientists, local gangsters, and an American gas company. All of which Thomas handles with some skill, especially his depiction of a Russian struggling with capitalism's uglier side. Enter ex-CIA agent John Lock to muck things up. His and Vorontsyev's stories are interspersed for the first two-thirds of the book, and the novel becomes sluggish whenever Lock appears. In the US, Lock's sister and her husband are murdered, and Lock accumulates the expected body count searching for their killers. Along the way, he also discovers that his dead brother-in-law's gas company (operating in Vorontsyev's town) is linked to heroin running, bad guys left over from the Vietnam War, mujahadeen rebels, the KGB, and -- why not? -- the CIA. Once in Russia (to kill the man who ordered his sister's death), Lock joins up with Vorontsyev, and together they stumble to an improbable ending. Throughout, the action slows when Lock's on the job, and scenes sputter and balk before rolling into the ditch. Riveting while the focus is on Vorontsyev, but a real trudge whenever Lock turns up. This Yankee should have stayed home -- if not out of the novel altogether. (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 1995)
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058978
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DLC
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1942-2011
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Thomas, Craig
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6070.H56
LC item number
W47 1995
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Conspiracies
  • Russia (Federation)
Label
A wild justice : a novel, Craig Thomas
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
373 p.
Isbn
9780060179564
Lccn
95015840
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  • (Sirsi) i9780060179564
  • (OCoLC)32339621
Label
A wild justice : a novel, Craig Thomas
Publication
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
373 p.
Isbn
9780060179564
Lccn
95015840
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780060179564
  • (OCoLC)32339621

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