Thursday at Noon
in this Middle East thriller, it is 1962. John Kennedy is in the White House, Nikita Khrushchev is in the Kremlin, and Abdel Gamal Nasser is in Cairo. While everyone is focused on the Russian missiles in Cuba that are pointed at the US, no one notices the even more deadly ones in Egypt now pointed at Israel, no one except Richard Thomson, a failed, burned-out CIA agent who had been dumped there after his last mission blew up in his face and they couldn’t think of any place worse to send him.
Already gnawed on by Langley, the US Ambassador, and even the Cairo cops, he didn’t think his day could get much worse until someone left a dead body on the rear steps of his hotel. Its head had been lopped off like a ripe melon and placed so it looked back down at its own body. A message? No doubt about it. But for whom? The body belongs to Mahmoud Yussuf, a fat petty thief and inept spy who was trying to sell photographs of a long-abandoned RAF base in the Egyptian desert. What those photos have to do with a dead Israeli Mossad agent, Nazi rocket scientists, the fanatical Moslem Brotherhood, and two missing Egyptian tank regiments could start the next Arab-Israeli War or stop it. Alone and on the run, no one believes Thomson’s story — not the CIA, the US Ambassador, and most assuredly not Captain Hassan Saleh, Chief of the Homicide Bureau of the Cairo Police, who wants to hang Thomson for murder. Like Night of the Generals, this is a murder mystery wrapped inside a spy thriller and historical fiction. The sultry slums of Cairo are a tinder box of discontent and the first faint whiffs of a military coup against the shaky new government of Abdel Gamal Nasser are in the air. In this CIA Middle East thriller , if Thomson doesn’t solve the mystery, something is about to blow up in his face on Thursday at noon. Tick Tock, Tick Tock…
Thursday at Noon was originally published as a Joan Kahn Imprint murder mystery by St. Martin’s Press in hardback, by Harlequin’s Gold Eagle in paperback, and in various foreign editions.
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