cover image We Are Holding the President Hostage

We Are Holding the President Hostage

Warren Adler. MacMillan Publishing Company, $0 (199pp) ISBN 978-0-02-500390-3

Nearly two dozen Americans are already being held hostage in the Middle East when a young American woman and her son are abducted by a professional terrorist in a botched political kidnapping outside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. President Paul Bernard's attempts to effect the release of the hostages have so far been thwarted when four men disguised as waiters snatch him and his wife from a state dinnner in the White House and hold them hostage in the President's quarters. The leader of the kidnappers is the head of the most powerful Mafia family in the U.S., and the new American woman hostage is his only daughter. The President will not be released until the woman and her child are safely recovered. The President brings in the ruthless, ambitious head of the CIA who pools resources with the Mafia don in a worldwide campaign to force the hand of the terrorist. Adler (Random Hearts delivers a gripping modern-day thriller about the ages-old dilemmas of vengeance and responsibility. (October 28)