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A slow suicide
Jovanovich, William.
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Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, [1991]

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243 pages ; 24 cm
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Publisher's Weekly Review

This latest book by publisher/novelist Jovanovich begins with promise. A small-time thug has been recruited to execute a hospital patient who is about to reveal the secrets of his mobster-employer's financial records. Intercepted by the FBI, the thug is replaced by Mark Petrie (born Alexandr Vladimirovich Pyotorov), member of a commission created by President Ford to investigate other government agencies. It is his colleagues' intention to double-cross Petrie, prevent the killing, and have Petrie arrested and detained. They fear he and his Russian friend, chemistry professor Victor Ivanovich Turcheff, will inform the world of a scientific device, newly developed by the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. and capable of creating almost unlimited energy--a disclosure that would thwart the sub rosa accord permitting the U.S.S.R. a three-year head start on exploiting the invention. Petrie eludes the elaborate trap as well as the ensuing complex international manhunt for him and Turcheff. Jovanovich ( The World's Last Night ) writes literate prose, but his plot fails to achieve credibility, leaving the reader with the feeling of having opened a beautifully wrapped, empty box. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This is a suspenseful thriller for post-Cold War readers. Relying on a shadowy federal agency which monitors ethics in government, a fast-paced cross-country chase, and a slew of one-line aphorisms, Jovanovich delivers an evening's entertainment that is as firmly controlled as a high diver's vaulting somersault yet also as complicated and stylish. Known as an editor and past chairperson of HBJ, his book blazes an inviting trail back into a more traditional novel of thrillerdom where moral ambiguity and skepticism vie with love and optimism for the reader's loyalty. You can sense Graham Greene and Eric Ambler in the wings cheering the author on to his next elegant story for readers tired of blockbusters and technothrillers.-- Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.