In his capacity as counsel for
the Loring Matsen law firm, legal representatives of the CIA,
John Cann this time finds himself in Amsterdam to monitor the
Scottish Court proceedings dealing with the two terrorists responsible
for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland
in December, 1988. After meeting Colin Hardie, an expert on Scottish
law who will attend the proceedings with him, both witness an
assassination attempt on a Libyan official apparently by a relative
of victims of the bombing of the 747. While the violent attempt
on the life of an official of the country widely held responsible
seems understandable to many, including Cann, it quickly becomes
apparent that all is not as it seems - indeed nothing is at it
seems. Not in Amsterdam - nor back in Washington, DC.
Once again, Macomber's novel spans the Atlantic but never loses sight of the individuals caught up - and harmed - in the global intrigue that shapes events. His character development has been remarked upon as almost unique in the thriller genre - you care about the good people and despise the evil ones - and there are plenty of those to go around.
This 'edge-of-your-seat' thriller takes the reader from Amsterdam's seedy Canal district, to Virginia's CIA headquarters and even to the innermost circles of the White House. And finally, when the twisted events unravel, the tense rescue and shocking conclusion will leave you breathless and you'll again be touched by the strength and the compassion of this intelligent, articulate, and sometimes ruthless hero.
Born and raised in New England and now living in Florida with his wife Sandy, James Macomber is a former serviceman, college student, bartender, waiter, salesman, tennis instructor, actor, photographer and practicing attorney. He is the author of international legal thrillers featuring former Special Forces/NSA/CIA operator, now lawyer, John Cann whom Booklist described as a strong, multi-layered protagonist with the star power to keep this series going for a very long time. But Macomber's novels are about more than just Cann. They feature an ensemble cast of memorable characters centering on the 'players' at a Washington DC international law firm with very close ties to the intelligence community. Notable among them is Katherine Price, also a lawyer with a past, hers in counter-terror at the Department of Justice and the State Department.
In novels that reflect and often predict actual events, Bargained for Exchange dealt with terrorists in academia, Art & Part, assassinations in the Netherlands during the trial of the Pan Am 103 Lockerbie bombers, and A Grave Breach, with atrocities, international organized crime and human trafficking against the backdrop of the Bosnian war crimes trials. It was in A Grave Breach, that the character of Katherine Price was introduced and she became, in fact, the hero of the novel. By popular demand, she and John got together in the fourth Macomber novel, Sovereign Order where they attend the Monaco Grand Prix and risk losing everything to a horrifying WMD attack on the crown jewel of formula Grand Prix racing.
And soon to come is Extraordinary Rendition which introduces former Air Force para-rescue Jake Priestly who must battle enemies foreign and domestic, human and otherwise to save a judge whose disappearance threatens the balance of the United States Supreme Court.