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A diplomatic thriller by Sutherland (Due Diligence, not reviewed) that takes us into the seedier reaches of UN diplomacy. The hero this time is Sam Windrush, First Deputy in Legal Affairs, who gets a hot potato dropped onto his very cluttered UN desk when a corpse is discovered in the basement of the General Assembly. Not only was the dead man murdered, he was a diplomat—and a friend of Sam’s. The Secretary-General, naturally, wants to keep the scandal from blowing up in his face (especially since they are on the eve of an important vote), so he gives Sam one week to investigate before he punts the case to the NYPD and lets the chips fall where they may. So Sam starts knocking on all the doors that have suddenly slammed shut. He has been a diplomat long enough to know that friends are never to be trusted when your back is turned, but now he’s beginning to fear his own daughter—who seems to be the only suspect without diplomatic immunity. Can he manage to clear her? Or will he have to face an unimaginable truth?

Nicely plotted, with good characters and some clever twists.

Pub Date: May 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-553-80186-4
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Bantam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2001