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Wednesday 1 September 2021

‘The Silent Cardinal’ by J Lee.

Published by Moonshine Cove Publishing,
3 August 2021. 
ISBN 978-1-95243906-3 (PB)

A previously unknown terrorist group demonstrates its ability to plant bombs on the Chicago public transport system and Robert Stevens, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Office, wants to bring in Ben Siebert, a former Marine, to help find those involved.  The group has made the puzzling demand that Bill Knoble, a lawyer with a dubious background, but known to Ben, should be killed within 8 days, failing which they will launch a devastating attack

Ben is reluctant to get involved, but the kidnap of his son focuses his attention.  Ben’s military training and experience stand him in good stead and he finds an interesting  way to keep Knoble alive, as well as protecting others put in danger by the group’s activities.  As the danger escalates, Ben traces the threats to their source, though not without personal loss.

This is a fast-moving, carefully worked story, with clever twists and intriguing plot devices.  The political ambition and violence are balanced by betrayal and bravery.  The ever-present terrorist threat keeps the stakes high and the tension is maintained to the end.

Reviewer: Jo Hesslewood
Other books by this author:  The Hubley Case (also featuring Ben Siebert)

J Lee was born and raised in Illinois. He graduated with dual degrees in Engineering and Sociology from Duke University. He worked in Engineering, Marketing, Product Management, Program Management, Supply Chain and Operations, but always wrote in his spare time. It started as a hobby, a creative outlet that helped him balance the stress of a day spent in numbers. Then at some point, it morphed into a passion.  The Hubley Case is his debut.


Jo Hesslewood.  Crime fiction has been my favourite reading material since as a teenager I first spotted Agatha Christie on the library bookshelves.  For twenty-five years the commute to and from London provided plenty of reading time.  I am fortunate to live in Cambridge, where my local crime fiction book club, Crimecrackers, meets at Heffers Bookshop .  I enjoy attending crime fiction events and currently organise events for the Margery Allingham Society.

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