From the author of Days of Drums and Last Rights comes a new, heartpounding thriller that's destined to be an international bestseller. His name is the Handyman. For fifteen years he's been in hiding, living under an assumed name in Marseille. Now this illusive and deadly asassin is back. Like Lazarus, he is coming back from the dead because the ...
From the author of Days of Drums and Last Rights comes a new, heartpounding thriller that's destined to be an international bestseller. His name is the Handyman. For fifteen years he's been in hiding, living under an assumed name in Marseille. Now this illusive and deadly asassin is back. Like Lazarus, he is coming back from the dead because the Handyman has a job to do...Young and beautiful Hollis Fremont works for the American Embassy in Paris. When her lover, the charming Paul McGann, one of the most powerful men at the embassy, asks Holly to run a simple diplomatic errand for him to New York, she sees no reason to refuse. But with that small consent starts a sequence of events that threatens the chain of command right up to the President himself, and Holly's own life is the smallest of bargaining chips. The only person who seems on her side is Agent Sam Crawford, member of the mysterious Omega group, that hunts international assassins and answers only to the President. Together they must find a way to frustrate the Handyman in the biggest assignment of his terrible career...
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Publishers Weekly, 1998-05-26 Clever, atmospheric and adroitly paced, Shelby's new thriller (after Lost Rights) features yet another plucky heroine caught in the toils of intrigue. Hollis Fremont, a functionary at the American embassy in Paris, is duped by her superior and boyfriend, Paul McGann, into accompanying a man she believes to be a small-fry criminal back to the States for country-club prison incarceration. In fact, the rumpled expat turns out to be "the Handyman," a freelance assassin on a mission. At Kennedy Airport the Handyman bolts and disappears, and Hollis falls under the protective wing of Sam Crawford (the Gatekeeper of the title), who is an agent for the mysterious Omega group. While the Handyman stalks his quarry around the Statue of Liberty, Hollis and her "friends" (Crawford, gruff NYPD officer Harry Jacoby, longtime surrogate father Dawson Wylie and McGann) try to track him down. As the Handyman closes in on his victim, Hollis learns more truth than she's prepared for about the death of her father, and about her family's ties to Omega and the Handyman himself. Shelby's intelligence insiders are a throwback to the heyday of le Carré and Forsyth (albeit a simpler, less polished crew). With its transatlantic, high-speed Day of the Jackal chronology and sympathetic heroine, an ordinary woman of extraordinary resilience playing her small part on the world stage, this thriller is just the ticket for readers with international-conspiracy paranoia. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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