Reissued in new cover design alongside Henry Porter's latest top-notch thriller, EMPIRE STATE Combines all the ingredients for success: well-drawn characters, excellent writing, intelligent, frightening storyline, and a brilliant ending 'A prodigious, terrific novel' VANITY FAIR 'Rich in incident, mystery and surprise ... Once his powder trail has been laid and primed, it fizzes very satisfactorily to its conclusion' OBSERVER 'Polished and professional ... a tough, ingenious thriller' LITERARY REVIEW 'Captivating ... pacy and well-researched ... an explosive finale' TATLER 'The innocent hero with a secret provides Porter with a fresh edge, and his ability to create characters real enough to make the reader care, and to convince us of the menace of a bureaucracy out of control in its efforts at self-preservation, make REMEMBRANCE DAY a memorable addition to this field' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'An absorbing and entertaining read, and it can honestly be said that one looks forward to Henry Porter's next work' EVENING STANDARD
Henry Porter has written for most national broadsheet newspapers. He was editor of the Atticus column on the Sunday Times, moving to set up the Sunday Correspondent magazine in 1988. He contributes commentary and reportage to the Guardian, Observer, Evening Standard and Sunday Telegraph. He is the British editor of the American magazine Vanity Fair and divides his time between New York and London.
Irish-born Con Lindow, a molecular biologist from Boston, is in London on a research project. While waiting for his brother near a tube station, he watches in horror as a massive bomb destroys a crowded bus, killing his brother, who may have been carrying the bomb. Suspected of complicity by elements of the Security Service who have their own secrets to hide, Con soon joins forces with Commander Foyle, head of Scotland Yard's Anti-Terrorist Branch and the one man who believes he is innocent. With the clock ticking down, the two men must identify and stop a maniac before he carries out a final attack on an unknown target. This intelligent thriller goes beyond the headlines to show the inner workings of the police. Porter, the U.K. editor of Vanity Fair, weaves multiple threads, ingenious complications, intriguing puzzles, sophisticated technology, and meticulous research into a dazzling story of unusual insight that concludes with a heart-pounding manhunt. Highly recommended.--Ronnie H. Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Explanations of British law enforcement politics and high-tech sleuthing undermine the tension in Porter's first novel; in fact, the U.K. Vanity Fair editor is often forced to stop the action to summarize the plot. Research microbiologist Constantine Lindow is nearly killed by a bus bomb presumably set by some faction of the IRA to explode on a busy London street. Con's brother is killed in the blast, but even so, Con is arrested, mostly because he's an Irish national freshly arrived from Boston. The chief investigator, Commander Kenneth Foyle, doesn't think Lindow is involved and releases him, but he is quickly removed from the case for letting a prime suspect go. After a number of internal power struggles among various agencies, Lindow travels to Ireland to bury his brother, then back to New England where he is joined by gorgeous double agent Mary Menihan, whom he immediately beds. He then heads off with her to the Maine woods to locate the terrorist-assassins' lair. That accomplished, Lindow returns to England, where Foyle reenters the story and assumes the protagonist's role for a while. The villain is eventually tracked down, but what his ultimate target will be remains a mystery. The intrepid Lindow and his beautiful spy-consort reappear, and between bouts of steamy lovemaking and coffee and pastry, manage to bring the story to a flat conclusion. Although the narrative is hamstrung by coincidence and implausibility, burdened by redundancy and long speeches and weighed down by superfluous characters, the love scenes are sexy and the action scenes, while brief, provide what the rest of the book doesn't: thrills. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.