(From the publisher):
When an agent of the C.I.A. was shot dead on a quiet Athens street, Bill Erlich, from the F.B.I.'s Rome office, was the first on the scene: the dead man was his friend and he would go through walls to nail the killer - it's a promise he was to make to the widow. However, the C.I.A. man had not been the assassin's target: he got in the way as the killer shot the person with him, an Iraqi dissident.
Erlich's determination to hunt down and destroy his friend's murderer was to become a political embarrassment to his colleagues - and it would be exploited by the more cynical elements in the British Secret Service in ways he could never have foreseen as he gradually realized he had stumbled into a terrifying hornets' nest. It was in the last months before Iraq invaded Kuwait. Saddam Hussein had instructed his scientists to stop at nothing to complete the programme that would arm his nation with nuclear warheads, to refill the gaps created by the depredations of the ever-vigilant Israeli Mossad. As Erlich closed in on his quarry, in a deceptively gentle English landscape, his path brought him to tangle the lines by which the Iraqi puppet-masters controlled their undercover agents. In the last and inevitable confrontation, as the odds mounted up and the situation spiralled out of control, Erlich recognized that he had gone beyond the point of recall and was engaged in what his F.B.I. training had taught him to call "Condition Black", lethal assault in progress.
Original title: Condition Black
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure→ Political Intrigue and Terrorism