Fire Hawk

By Geoffrey Archer

First released within the uk in 1998 by way of Century
Published by way of Arrow Books in 1999

Sam Packer of the British mystery carrier is familiar with a project to Iraq is harmful. yet none extra risky than this one. A whispered mystery in a Baghdad lodge foyer results in his kidnapping, torture and anticipated execution. His paymasters have given him up for lifeless. in simple terms the intervention of his ex-lover, Chrissie, and a hostage switch get him published. yet days later Chrissie is murdered. possibly she knew an excessive amount of, knew of the key that Sam had exposed - organic terror weapon codenamed fireplace Hawk have been smuggled from Iraq to be used opposed to an unknown aim within the West. own causes of revenge conflict with priorities of country safety as Sam follows the weapon's and his useless lover's murky earlier throughout the center East, Cyprus and the Ukraine. At each one step the secret of the final word goal deepens and the lovers who regulate it turn into ever extra elusive.

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I used to be away longer than anticipated. ’ ‘Living it up at someone else’s cost doubtless. ’ ‘No doubt. ’ ‘The marina charges’ll be horrendous through now. Take your gold card with you. you'll get her, I take it? because of this you’re ringing? ’ Wallace cherished humans to do what they’d agreed to do. ‘Yes. I plan to get the ferry over once I’ve received a staff taken care of. I don’t feel you’re loose . . . ’ ‘No. Can’t go away the store this week. yet I’m convinced you could whistle up a few bint out of your little black ebook. ’ Tom Wallace had a shiny fable snapshot of Sam’s love existence, often simply because he by no means advised him approximately it other than to assert it was once lively and complex. Wallace himself were married for 11 years yet used to be now divorced, with daughters he seldom observed. He lived by myself, making little attempt to draw a brand new associate. at times he talked of having a Thai bride through mail order. ‘You’ll have to regulate the engine, Sam. little bit of a water leak while she’s working. God is aware the place from. Pump the bilges each few hours and you’ll be ok. wish the boat’s fresh sufficient for you. Took a few pals from the alternate over with me final time. one in every of them was once ill in all places. ’ ‘Oh thank you much. ’ ‘No prob. Washed it off the seat covers for you. ’ ‘Very considerate. ’ ‘She’s in berth F7. on the whole marina at Cherbourg. You’ve obtained keys haven’t you? now not misplaced them? ’ ‘No, Tom. I’ve obtained my keys. ’ ‘Good. the place are you making plans to move? ’ ‘Don’t understand but. I’ll money the tides and paintings it out from that. Be again within the Hamble in the week I should still imagine. ’ ‘Nice. desire the weather’s right for you. Piddled with rain part the time we have been there. ’ Sam rang off. He felt greater for having made up our minds to depart. Now to discover a group. It wasn’t that he couldn’t deal with the boat on his personal – he’d frequently sailed solo – yet he sought after corporation. anyone simple. Chrissie had by no means sailed with him. She’d regularly apprehensive there’d be a few incident or different that might make their courting public. no longer definitely worth the hazard, lover. besides, I’d be sea in poor health. the one boat they’d been on jointly was once a Thames skiff final summer time, quickly after she’d back from a two-year remain in Washington together with her husband. in the course of her time in the US she’d had a very critical cross at making the wedding paintings, she’d advised him. yet with none amazing good fortune. They’d came across a abandoned stretch of water someplace close to Goring, tied the painter to a tree root then made up for misplaced time one of the cow parsley. Shit! They’d spent a few strong, stolen instances jointly through the years. Later that very same afternoon, he remembered, they’d rowed slowly previous an remoted, half-timbered waterside cottage. i need it, she’d moaned. A gingerbread apartment. To be their love nest, she’d acknowledged. someplace to spend complete days and nights jointly rather than snatched hours in consistent worry of discovery. It was once then that he’d realised that regardless of the frailty of her marriage she had no goal of finishing it. A husband and a lover was once what she sought after. There have been different girls in the course of his liaison with Chrissie, fairly in the course of her time away in the United States.

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