Title: The Last Raven
Publication Date: 1990
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+ Dust Jacket
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
Inscribed by author on half title page. Bookseller Inventory # 023876
Synopsis: In his latest thriller, Thomas (Firefox) concocts a timely, believable situation. Soviet General Secretary Nikitin, influenced by his wife, Irena (whom he has named minister of commerce), is attempting to accommodate the wave of democracy sweeping his country. However, there are those in Russia and elsewhere who do not want to see peace prevail, and their cause is boosted when Irena's plane is shot down during a peace mission to Afghanistan and Nikitin reverts to a more conservative stance. At the same time that British spy Patrick Hyde finds that the aerial attack was the work of dissident Russian military officials and an American CIA agent, the lover of the niece of Sir Kenneth Aubrey, Hyde's superior, also discovers the plot, and is pursued by powerful forces. Aubrey attempts to unravel the conspiracy in England, leading at last to a confrontation near California's Lake Shasta. Thomas tends to overindulge in hyperbole, repetition and cryptic references. As a result, this novel is somewhat difficult going in the early stages, but pace and tension accelerate once the chase is on, and the denouement is stark and gripping. 75,000 first printing; $140,000 ad/promo; author tour. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author: Craig Thomas is married and lives with his wife and two tortoiseshell cats in Staffordshire. His interests include cricket, gardening and music, especially classical music and jazz. He is also interested in philosophy and political theory (his collection of essays, 'There to Here', is published by Fontana Press).
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