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Spycatcher by Matthew Dunn

SpycatcherReviewed by Nancy Eaton

Will Cochrane is an agent of MI6’s Spartan Program. What is the Spartan Program? Only one man is allowed to go through this program at a time and if he is lucky enough to survive at the end, he is given the title Spartan. There are no other “Spartans” in the program as long as the one given the title is still living. As a result, you can just imagine how valuable this Spartan is to others.

A new terrorist plot is being planned but where it will take place is not really known. There are some ideas that it might happen in Europe or the United States. Who is behind the terror plot? Is it someone Will might know?

Author Matthew Dunn is a former member of MI6 and writes this story with a good deal of experience behind him.

The Professional by Robert B. Parker

The ProfessionalReviewed by Allen Hott

If you like Parker you must like Spenser. Spenser (only name ever given) is one of Parker’s favorite characters.

The Professional begins with a woman attorney who comes to Spenser for his help as a private investigator. The attorney explains that four of her clients have grouped together in an odd way. It appears that each of them is having sex (and paying for it) with the same man. This man is not the husband of any of the four. He appears to be some type of Don Juan who has a tremendous appeal to women. He has been with all of them for some time but now he is demanding an enormous amount of money from each or he will go to each of their husbands with the story.

Spenser begins his work by finding out who the man is and then decides to meet with him. The man (Gary Eisenhower his current name) basically tells Spenser that there is no harm to what he has done and to leave him alone. When the women decline to press charges for fear of their husbands finding out Spenser basically drops the case.

However his curiosity gets the best of him and he continues to do more exploring. Spenser gets so involved that one of the husbands figures out what is going on. This particular husband is enough mob-oriented that he decides he will take matters into his own hands. But it just doesn’t work out that way.

In the meantime Spenser has drawn on old friendships to bring in a mob boss of his own. He believes that perhaps they can resolve the entire matter by threat of force and move on.

The Platinum Loop by Austin Williams

Platinum LoopReviewed by Julie Moderson

Author Austin Williams has written another fantastic book. His first book, Crimson Orgy, was great. In Platinum Loop, William’s weaves a story line with such finesse that you never guess where it is going and it shocks you when you get there.

In Las Vegas in 1973 a small film producer, Gene Hoffman, is flat broke and trying to forget his past. He meets up with a schemer, Floyd Manning, who says he has a plan with little risk and Gene looks at it as his ticket out of the poor house but it turns into the worst plan ever.