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Two women
Freemantle, Brian, 1936-
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Sutton : Severn House, [2003]

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344 pages ; 23 cm
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From the master storyteller and creator of Charlie Muffin When accountant John Carver dies in a road accident, the two women in his life find out about each other's existence. Jane, the unsuspecting wife, and Alice, the mistress, streetwise financial journalist and skilled computer hacker are unexpectedly thrown together as they find themselves hunted by the mafia. John's death was in reality no accident, but resulted from his search for papers held by his deceased boss that uncovered mafia money laundering. Now the women must find the documents to give themselves a bargaining chip for their lives, while hunted by both the mafia and by the FBI.

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Brian Freemantle was born in Southampton, England on June 10, 1936. He became a journalist and worked for four national newspapers. While the foreign editor of the Daily Mail in 1975, he organized the rescue mission to airlift 100 orphans from Saigon days before it fell to the communist north. Soon afterward, he left journalism to become a full-time author. He has written over 80 books including the Charlie Muffin series, the Cowley and Danilov Thriller series, and 5 non-fiction books. He has also written under the pen names of John Maxwell, Jonathan Evans, Jack Winchester and Harry Asher.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Freemantle pretty much defines "old pro" in the thriller genre; 2002 saw the publication of Ice Age and Kings of Many Castles (his most recent Charlie Muffin/MI6 adventure). But prolificacy can be a two-edged sword, as this creaky and rough-hewn attempt at a mafia thriller proves. In telling the story of New York accounting firm executive John Carver's battle with the ruling families of American crime, Freemantle creates scenes that feel oddly askew-almost akin to those black-and-white movies about American criminals that British studios produced in the 1950s. There's no shortage of action, and Carver's wife and his mistress-both central to the novel's plot-are sharply delineated. His wife, Jane, the protected daughter of the firm's domineering founder, must slowly come to terms with her father's criminal behavior as well as her husband's infidelity; his mistress, Alice, is a shrewd financial journalist but also a woman with strong mothering instincts. Jane is still reeling from her father's death when the news comes that her husband has been killed, too, in another "accident" that smacks of foul play. Alice aids the distraught Jane, and the two become uneasy partners in a world where they can trust no one-not even each other-as the mob closes in and the FBI probe heats up. Their scenes together are always interesting and often credible, but the same can't be said for the unconvincing bad guys. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved