Colin Forbes is the author of twenty-nine thrillers which are now published into thirty languages. He writes a novel every year and lives in Surrey.
Tweed and Co up to their necks in problems again. Itâ€™s actually his 29th thriller! You get used to them but youâ€™ve still got to have them.Comparison: Jack Higgins, Gerald Seymour, Frederick Forsyth.Similar this month: None but try James Patterson and William Landay.
A British agent mysteriously murdered on Lake Konstanz in Germany. Keith Martel, his replacement, must move swiftly. Aided by Claire Hofer. The neo-Nazi DELTA organization are conspiring ruthlessly. Someone else is conspiring equally savagely. Double Jeopardy. A nightmare bloodbath in Zurich. A sudden attempt on Martel's life. And close to midnight on 2nd June, the Summit Express moves east, taking the four top Western leaders to meet their Soviet counterparts in Vienna. One of them is targeted. Which one is Martel's problem. And for the first time - Tweed appears.
'THE TIME BOMB WHICH WAS TO KILL ADOLF HITLER, FUEHRER AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE GERMAN ARMED FORCES, WAS ASSEMBLED AT SMOLENSK WITH GREAT CARE . . .' In 1943 Hitler was at the height of his powers. At his side constantly was Martin Bormann. On his mind constantly was the war against the beleaguered might of Stalin's Russia.After 13 March 1943, records show a drastic change in the Fuehrer's behaviour and personality. And 13 March 1943 was the date of a bomb attack on the Fuehrer's private aircraft.If Hitler was destroyed on that fateful date, who was the man in the Berlin bunker two years later? How did Martin Bormann succeed in keeping the anit-Nazi generals from seizing the Reich? And who was Woodpecker - the Soviet spy at the pinnacle of the Nazi war machine?
At the urgent plea of his old friend, Commander Buchanan of Scotland Yard, Tweed, once ace detective, now Deputy Chief SIS, visits Mrs Bella Main, formidable matriarch controlling the Main Chance, the most powerful private bank in Europe. Bella tells Tweed and Paula Grey, his assistant, that she has refused an enormous offer from Calouste Gubenkian, the most ruthless and villainous man in Europe. Within days of their visit Bella is murdered. Tweed and Paula return to investigate the atrocious act. The bank's HQ is based in a huge Elizabethan manor hidden in The Forest, a vast area in the deep south of England. Tweed has already met members of the two families, run by their forefathers for generations. Was Bella murdered by one of them - or is it the work of the vicious Calouste? The movement never stops, changing to Calouste's Chateau Les Rochers in the Belgian Ardennes. A ferocious battle takes place. Two more murders are committed at the manor. Tweed and Paula race to tiny Seacove on the rugged Cornish coast to prevent another murder. Finally, Tweed proves the Bank, founded in 1912, was based on a brutal crime all those years ago.
Tweed - once top Yard detective, now SIS Deputy Director - reluctantly agrees to check out suspect Michael, urged by his old friend, Superintendent Buchanan. Found by Buchanan seated on steps in Whitehall, Michael uttered only three words. 'I witnessed murder.' One by one four brutally ravaged skeletons are discovered. Two of them on Dartmoor, near the mansion of Drago Volkanian, Armenian founder of a giant supermarket chain and an armaments plant. With Paula Grey, his assistant, Tweed relentlessly pursues the unknown killer. Among others, he interrogates the strange Volkanian clan: Lucinda, Drago's stepdaughter, steely and moody; her elder brother Larry, the company managing director. Again he meets Michael, the younger brother, who is still unable to speak. He is suffering from amnesia - or so say two psychiatrists. Unlike Buchanan, Tweed insists the horrific murders are not random. A link must exist between the four victims. He also suspects a foreign power is involved. The tempo ratchets up ferociously. With Paula, Bob Newman and his team, Tweed travels to Marseilles, where murder is a way of life. A desperate battle takes place on a mysterious island. Escaping the city alive by a hairsbreadth, they race back home. Later they return to Dartmoor. Who is the fiendish killer? One eerie climax follows another. Could Michael be the key?