Vicious Circle

Wilbur Smith. St. Martin’s/Dunne, $27.99 (480p) ISBN 978-1-250-00031-6
London security expert Hector Cross, now married to Hazel Bannock (“seventh on Forbes magazine’s list of the richest women in the world”), continues his battle with Somali warlord Tippoo Tip in bestseller Smith’s lurid sequel to 2011’s Those in Peril. Early on, a Mercedes van driven by a man wearing a Richard Nixon mask deliberately broadsides the red Ferrari that Hazel is driving on her way home to Brandon Hall, the couple’s 18th-century estate outside Winchester. After extensive sleuthing and a long backstory set in a prison, Hector tracks down the perpetrators of the attack to a hilltop fortress in tiny Kazundu, “the poorest country on the African continent.” Readers, especially new ones, should be prepared for descriptions of death in all its many gory possibilities, as well as scenes of rape (both hetero- and homosexual), child molestation, sexual slavery, and torture. The exciting action scenes and larger-than-life characters, though, will appeal to a broad range of thriller fans. Agent: Kevin Conroy Scott, Tibor Jones & Associates. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/19/2013
Release date: 10/08/2013
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