The Devil's Light by Richard North Patterson
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THE DEVIL’S LIGHT tells the story of an AL Qeda operative named Amer Al Zaroor, who, on orders from Osama Bin Laden, directs the theft of a nuclear weapon from the Pakistani military, and then transports it toward its intended target, Israel. Meanwhile Bin Laden announces to the world that he will make a major terrorist strike on 9/11/10, the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Deep inside Washington, Brooke Chandler, a CIA operative whose cover was blown by an incompetent colleague in Lebanon, thinks he knows how the bomb is being moved toward its target and how to find it. First he must overcome the skepticism of the CIA and the White House, and then he must find the bomb and disable or detonate it before it causes the Middle East to go up in flames.
 

About Richard North Patterson

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Richard North Patterson studied fiction writing with Jesse Hill Ford at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has written ten novels, including the international bestsellers Degree of Guilt, Eyes of a Child, The Final Judgment, Silent Witness, and No Safe Place. Patterson lives with his wife, Laurie, and their family in San Francisco and on Martha's Vineyard.
 
Published May 3, 2011 by Scribner. 348 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As most of the Agency types are scurrying to secure America’s porous borders, Brooke Chandler, a field officer back stateside after barely surviving his last posting to Lebanon, voices a contrary suspicion: What if bin Laden really intends to bomb Tel Aviv in the hope of provoking Israeli and Ame...

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Patterson doesn’t have any huge insights into the two leaders of Al Qaeda, but they are certainly livelier than Chandler, who has all the dullness of Tom Clancy’s stick figures.

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Murray Pegasus (Norton, dist.), $25.95 (432p) ISBN 978-1-60598-173-4 Swedish bestseller Läckberg's worthy second thriller set in the coastal town of Fjällbacka (after The Ice Princess) opens with a grim discovery—the naked fresh corpse of Tanja Schmidt, a German tourist, on top of the skeleta...

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When Grey and members of the President's Department of Defense intercept Bin Laden's latest threat --- the promise to eliminate a major Western city via nuclear attack on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 --- they know that Chandler has the skills and motivation to quickly infiltrate the terrorist cir...

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Independent.ie

Just months before the 10th anniversary of the devastating al-Qa'ida attack on September 11, one of that organisation's most ruthless operatives masterminds the theft of a Pakistani nuclear warhead and manages to subvert a military technician to provide him with the code to arm the weapon.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Richard North Patterson has published nearly 20 thrillers and mysteries since The Lasko Tangent appeared in 1979.

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BookRack

Now, in Richard North Patterson’s superb new thriller, “The Devil’s Light,” it’s 10 years later, and Brooke, having survived tours of duty in Iraq and Lebanon, is back in Washington, and Osama Bin Laden and al Qaeda are about to raise the terrorism threat to a new level.

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My San Antonio

With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on this year's calendar, an intricate geo-political terrorism thriller with Osama bin Laden at its center was bound to hit the shelves.

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AARP

Richard North Patterson’s The Devil’s Light — a political thriller about al Qaeda terrorists who strike again on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 — had long been scheduled for release on Tuesday, May 3.

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