If you like political thrillers it doesn’t get any better than P.T. Deutermann’s new novel Red Swan (St. Martin’s Press; in stores Tuesday, August 22). A battle between forces in the U.S. Government and the Chinese set in Washington, D.C.
In Washington they’re always code names for missions within the Government. Black Swan is one that is underway to trap a high ranking Chinese delegate. It involves the CIA, a new recruit named Melanie Sloan and Dr. Preston Allender. She’s to seduce Chiang Liang-Fu and there will be pictures and video to embarrass him and hurt their operation in Washington. Everything goes according to plan well except that the President and certain members of the CIA were not told about it. It creates issues and Preston is made the scapegoat and fired (he does negotiate a great good-bye package). Melanie is rushed to California where she’s given plastic surgery so the Chinese can’t find her.
A year later Preston gets a call from the CIA saying they need his help. He laughs at them after what happened before. He’s convinced to take a meeting and is hired back to help derail an investigation over the death of one of the CIA directors. The FBI and Congress are also part of what’s going on. The more Preston investigates, the more he finds things aren’t what they appear to be. At every turn he seems to finds evidence of wrong doing to the point where his life is threatened and he’s not sure who he can trust. Melanie is also back with a new look, name and assignment on the case as well. Soon they learn to much and have to go on the run to save their lives. When they are captured and learn the truth truth, it’s a lot bigger then either of them suspected.
The story has lots of twists and turns to the point where you as a reader are not sure who you can trust (with the exception of Preston and Melanie). Just a great thriller that will keep you wanting to keep reading right up to the very end.