The head of Egypt's State Internal Security is brutally murdered in a Cairo cafe - his assailant a faceless killer. It is the opening move in a chilling game of terror that has caught the international intelligence community completely off-guard. The CIA turns to the one man they believe can get to the twisted roots of alooming nightmare shrouded in mystery: the former Company operative code-named Scorpion.
The breakneck hunt for a mastermind is leading Scorpion from the Middle East to the dangerous underworld of the capitals of Europe. With the fate of the free world in the hands of two well-matched adversaries there is no margin for error. But a shocking truth has been kept from the determined manhunter . . . and beauty will blind him to the ultimate betrayal.
"Andrew Kaplan has written one of the smartest, swiftest and most compelling spy novels I've read in years."
-- Harlan Coben, No. 1 NY Times bestselling author
"I love this novel. Andrew Kaplan represents a gold standard in thriller writing."
-- David Morrell, author of The Brotherhood of the Rose
"Wow! More heart-thumping twists and turns than Day of the Jackal and The Spy Who Came In From the Cold rolled into one. . . a textbook example of how to write a great thriller."
-- Katherine Neville, author of The Eight
"A highly suspenseful page-turner. . . I hate to use the cliche but it's true: I couldn't put it down".
-- Brian Garfield, author of Death Wish
"Action-packed, highly charged [and] fast-paced."
-- Reza Kahlili, author of A Time to Betray
"The nonstop action will keep readers racing through the pages and hoping that Kaplan will put Scorpion back into action as soon as possible."
"Kaplan keeps the action rushing forward at a lightning pace, with constant twists and turns. His style first matches the best work of the late Robert Ludlum, and then surpasses it."
"This book is flawlessly conceived and it moves at breakneck speed . . . The characters are unforgettable . . . Kaplan is right up there with the best of the suspense writers and this book gives him an instant and lasting credibility in his field."