One of the hostages is a renegade Cuban doctor who has smuggled a deadly airborne virus out of the Angolan jungle. The Cuban government has threatened to unleash this epidemic on America unless the President meets Castro's demands for an immediate, complete end to the economic embargo on Cuba. To thwart this international blackmail, CIA director Linwood Cutshaw needs to capture the doctor before he releases the virus on American soil, but he must create a smoke screen, so the Cuban authorities won't know the doctor has fallen into U.S. government hands. Cutshaw has recruited Teddy Tedesco, an honest ex-NYPD cop, two ex-CIA operatives, and Frank Belmonte for this nervy scheme -- but only Frank thinks they are out for the jewels. All at once, their elaborate plans go awry and the thieves must face the unexpected. The quirky team of Teddy and Frank is forced to work together to root out the missing jewels while the enraged doctor prepares to inflict a new black plague on millions of unsuspecting Americans.
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Cutshaw, who has bugged Castro’s privacy, knows that the horrible hemorrhagic virus is being delivered to Manhattan, where it will be “administered” by the Cuban doctor who brought it back from an isolated Zairean village.| Read Full Review of Smoke Screen: A Novel
It doesn't take long before the uh-ohs start piling up in this solid thriller exploring a worldwide germ menace by the author of The Pope of Greenwich Village. Thanks to a virus discovered in Zaire inJan 04 1999 | Read Full Review of Smoke Screen: A Novel
Patrick places these two characters in a world where nearly everyone else is out for themselves, including gangsters who want to get made, CIA agents who try clean house and federal agents who see a chance for the score of a lifetime.| Read Full Review of Smoke Screen: A Novel
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