The Assassin by Stephen Coonts
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The headlines only reveal half the truth. Here's the real story. . . .

Abu Qasim, the ruthless and cunning Al Qaeda leader who nearly succeeded in blowing up a meeting of the G-8 in Paris, has escaped from the grasp of the Americans and is plotting his next move. A small band of powerful men, highly placed leaders of industry and politics in the West, have decided they need to target and destroy the terrorist and his inner circle before he can strike again. When a prominent Russian dissident is poisoned in London, however, it's clear that there's a very dangerous leak within the ranks of the Westerners, and that Abu Qasim has turned the tables on his rivals---it is now he who is pursuing, and his aim is to kill.

Admiral Jake Grafton dispatches special agent Tommy Carmellini to infiltrate the plot. He tracks the gorgeous and seductive Marisa Petrou, a Frenchwoman who may be Qasim's daughter and who has her own reasons for wanting him alive---or wishing him dead. Qasim, meanwhile, has a trick up his sleeve---one that he's been planning for years.

Who is behind the methodical assassinations of the wealthy and powerful Western vigilante team? Will Abu Qasim slip the noose once again? In this pulse-pounding thriller, Tommy Carmellini must put a stop to a master of terror before he unleashes even more death.


About Stephen Coonts

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STEPHEN COONTS is the author of sixteen New York Times bestselling books that have been translated and published around the world. A former naval aviator and Vietnam combat veteran, he is a graduate of West Virginia University and the University of Colorado School of Law. He lives in Colorado.
Published August 5, 2008 by St. Martin's Press. 512 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Bestseller Coonts’s exciting third thriller to star reformed burglar turned CIA operative Tommy Carmellini (after The Traitor ) raises a timely issue—the lack of well-to-do Americans on combat duty in the war against terrorism.

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Balancing the action between Carmellini and Grafton is a brilliant strategy --- Grafton is far too good a character to stay in the background for long --- and, although Carmellini does the heavy lifting consistent with his youth, it is Grafton's age and guile that carries the day here.

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Stephen Coonts is back on track with his newest Tommy Carmellini / Jake Grafton novel, The Assassin.

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