The fifth -- and most explosive -- Nick Stone mission, by the internationally bestselling author whom Stephen Coonts has called "the best suspense thriller writer to put pen to paper since Alistair MacLean."
November 2001. If he hadn't needed American citizenship so badly, Nick Stone wouldn't have agreed to do this one last job. But the CIA's offer of a new life in the United States, and the chance to share it with Carrie, the woman he loves, is one he can't refuse.
Stone's mission is to infiltrate an Arab republic, kill a money-laundering local businessman, and bring back his severed head to the West. He doesn't know why the man has to die like this, nor does he want to know. Stone just assumes the job is related to the democratic world's response to the terrible attacks of September 11.
But as events unfold alarmingly fast, Stone begins to realize the full danger and complexity of his mission which, far from being over, has only just begun. Then comes the devastating news that Carrie, enraged by his broken promise never to work again with the CIA, has turned her back on him forever.
Operating in the dangerous underworld of the south of France, where al-Qaeda has embarked on a panicked roundup of funds using the centuries-old banking system of hawalla, Stone is in at the deep end of a very dirty war. In his most daunting mission yet, as one bloody twist leads to another, he ultimately finds himself confronted by the most desperate dilemma a man could face.
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