For the last fifteen years Jack Mason was once Russia's most
successful plant in the CIA. He has been locked away in prison
with only one thing on his mind. That one thing is to find
and kill Colonel Dimitri Sobell, the man who betrayed him
- the man who took his wife. When Sobell is informed that
Mason is out of jail he knows its only a matter of time before
he comes for him. So starts a dangerous game of cat and mouse
in which only one of the men can survive...
to Kill is the new novel by Brian Freemantle, a prodigious
novelist who has been translated into numerous languages.
not really a fan of thrillers, though even as a non-fan I
found the story of a man hell bent on revenge on the person
who he blames for all the ills that have happened to him riveting.
Mason has spent years blaming a single person, to the point
of forgetting his own culpability, until all he can think
about is killing the monstrosity that he has created in his
head. Sobell, on the other hand, has taken Mason's wife, Ann,
and disappeared into the witness protection scheme, a piece
of Americana which does not sit well with him.
certainly knows how to wrap the reader round his finger as
he cranks up the tension leading his audience towards the
inevitable showdown. Given the scarcity of characters the
book relies on the reader becoming engrossed in Mason's quest
for revenge and Sobell's attempts to say alive. In this Freemantle
has done an excellent job, spending time rounding off his
characters so you actually care what happens in the end.
we have an interesting premise, good characterisation and
a nice tense plot to keep you guessing about who will survive,
if you're a fan of thrillers then Time to Kill will