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Head of Zeus, 1 November 2018. ISBN: 978-1-78669096-8 (HB)
Jenny Aaron is a special agent in a small, covert ops team whose very
existence remains a secret – until she is blinded during a car chase involving
Ludger Holm, a psychopathic killer she has been in conflict with for a long
time. But Aaron is no ordinary agent; even blind, she eventually succeeds in
Four weeks later she
discovers that Holm has exacted a terrible revenge: he has left her two billion
dollars in an African bank account. It's a trick, of course; the beginning of a
trail which Aaron must follow in order to uncover the origins of the money and
the identity of a mysterious man behind Holm, and ultimately to ensure that
justice is meted out and another monster is taken out of circulation.
And that's just the starting
point. Andreas Pflüger knows how to weave a rich tapestry which is much, much
more than a common or garden thriller. Jenny Aaron herself is an intriguing
character; she has kept herself in shape, honed her other senses and her
intuition to ensure that her blindness make as little difference to her as
possible, and to all appearances she lives as normal a life as any sighted
person. She can still kill adversaries without compunction, and in many
different ways; I ran out of fingers to keep count of the bodies in the first
forty pages when she still had her sight, and the number doubled soon
afterwards. Part of her motivation in the hunt for Holm's backer is revenge for
her beloved father's murder, but that's only part of the story.
It all takes place against a
background so intensely drawn I could almost feel and taste it: the streets of
Berlin and the souks of Marrakech; five-star hotels and roach-ridden
flophouses; opulently furnished studies and spartan offices. The other
characters are as complex as Aaron herself, and a dense strand of what passes
for office politics in the covert ops world is deftly woven into the
There are plenty of
high-octane action scenes, and there's no shortage of tense, edge-of-the-seat
moments – but this novel goes much further than that. It all adds up to a
meaty, labyrinthine narrative which picks up the thriller genre and turns it
into a highly polished literary gem. This isn't a book to be dashed through in
a few hours; you'll need to set aside some serious reading time in order to
savour its riches.
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
Andreas Pfluger is a German screenwriter and author. He has written a
number of episodes for the hugely popular German police procedural Tatort.
Lynne Patrick has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen,
and has enjoyed success with short stories, reviews and feature journalism, but
never, alas, with a novel. She crossed to the dark side to become a publisher
for a few years and is proud to have launched several careers which are now
burgeoning. She lives on the edge of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with
books, about half of them crime fiction.