In this lightning-paced novel of international intrigue the news is shattering: Harrison Sinclair has been killed in a car accident. While his daughter, Molly, and her husband. Ben Ellison, mourn the tragedy of a powerful man cut down in his prime, the realization slowly dawns that Sinclair's death was no accident. Harrison Sinclair was the director of the CIA. He may have been a traitor, or the Agency's last honest man. Even his son-in-law, Ben, has heard rumors of sinister forces within the Agency that could have ordered Sinclair's assassination: Ben was an agent himself until a rendezvous gone lethally wrong made him seek the safer waters of a staid patent law practice in an old-line Boston firm. But suddenly with the free-falling acceleration of a nightmare, Ben is thrust into a web of intrigue and violence beyond his control, compelled by an artful inescapable maneuver back into the employ of the CIA, and lured into a top-secret espionage project in telepathic ability funded by American intelligence. As the project's first success, Ben uses his extraordinary powers in the perilous search for Vladimir Orlov, the exiled former chairman of the KGB, the only man who might unlock the secret of Harrison Sinclair's death and the whereabouts of a multibillion dollar fortune in gold spirited out of Russia in the last days of the Soviet Union. The hunt for the truth will rush Ben headlong from Roman piazzas to a crumbling castle in Tuscany, from an impenetrable steel-clad vault beneath Zurich's glittering Black Forest, and the dangerous tunnels of the Paris Metro. It is a chase that will bring Ben Ellison face to face with his past and culminate in a crowded Washington hearing room where, behind high security barriers, a Senate investigating committee is about to call its secret witness as an assassin prepares to strike. Here, finally, with only seconds to act, Ben Ellison must call upon his extraordinary powers to stop a killer, or die trying.
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Published January 1, 1993
by Ballantine Books.