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The Master of the Thriller Is Back!

 

“QUINN IS ONE OF FORSYTH’S MOST ENGAGING HEROES ... A COMPLETELY SATISFYING TANGLE.” —The Wall Street Journal

 

“FORSYTH
IS A SUPERB STORYTELLER AND ENTERTAINER ... THE NEGOTIATOR IS A TYPICALLY SEAMLESS PRESENTATION SET IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE, WILL NOT DISAPPOINT HIS MANY FANS.” —Toronto Star

 

“THROUGH EVERY ZIGZAG OF THE PLOT,
FORSYTH
IS DETERMINED TO DELIVER SUSPENSE ... AND HE ADMIRABLY SUCCEEDS. ... THERE IS REAL TENSION AS QUINN BEGINS TO ESTABLISH A TENTATIVE RAPPORT WITH THE KIDNAPPERS—AND IS THWARTED BY TRAITORS WITHIN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AND BY A REMARKABLY INCOMPETENT FBI. ...
FORSYTH
IS AS VIVID WITH THE SNOWBOUND LANDSCAPE OF NORTHERN VERMONT AS WITH THE SEAMY RED-LIGHT DISTRICT OF ANTWERP.” —Newsweek

 

“FREDERICK FORSYTH’S NEW NOVEL IS PROBABLY HIS MOST GRIPPING SINCE THE
DAY OF THE JACKAL
.” —The Ottawa Sun

 

“THIS IS THRILLER-WRITING OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY, A MASTERLY BLEND OF EXCITEMENT AND TENSION WHICH TAKES THE GENRE BY THE SCRUFF OF THE NECK AND PROPELS IT INTO THE NEXT DECADE.” —The Sunday Telegraph

 

“QUINN [IS] AN ACTION MAN TO MAKE JAMES BOND SEEM SHY AND FEARFUL. A PROBLEM SOLVER OF ... UNERRING EFFECTIVENESS.” —The New York Times Book Review

 

“A CLIFFHANGER OF A CONCLUSION ...
FORSYTH
KEEPS A FEW SURPRISES UP HIS SLEEVE AND WRITES ACTION SCENES MORE CRISPLY, AND WITH LESS GORE, THAN LUDLUM.” —Publishers Weekly

 

“FORSYTH
IS A MASTER OF HIS CRAFT.” —Winnipeg Free Press

Bantam Books by Frederick
Forsyth

 

 

THE DAY OF THE JACKAL

THE ODESSA FILE

THE DOGS OF WAR

THE DEVIL’S ALTERNATIVE

NO COMEBACKS

THE FOURTH PROTOCOL

THE NEGOTIATOR

THE DECEIVER

THE FIST OF GOD

THE NEGOTIATOR

A Bantam Book

Bantam hardcover edition / May 1989

Bantam paperback edition /
April 1990

Bantam reissue / August 1995

All rights reserved.

Copyright
©
1989 by Frederick
Forsyth.

Cover art copyright
© 1995
by Bantam Books.

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 88-43346. 

No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. For information address: Bantam Books.

ISBN 0-553-28393-6

Published simultaneously in the United States and Canada

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PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

OPM 17 16 15 14

Contents

Cast Of Characters

Prologue

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

About the Author

Cast Of Characters

The Americans

 

JOHN J. CORMACK           President of the United States

MICHAEL ODELL               Vice President of the United States

JAMES DONALDSON       Secretary of State

MORTON STANNARD     Secretary of Defense

WILLIAM WALTERS        Attorney General

HUBERT REED                    Secretary of the Treasury

BRAD JOHNSON                National Security Adviser

DONALD EDMONDS         Director, FBI

PHILIP KELLY                      Assistant Director, Criminal Investigations

                                                   Division, FBI

KEVIN BROWN                   Deputy Assistant Director,
CID,
FBI               

LEE ALEXANDER               Director, CIA

DAVID WEINTRAUB        Deputy Director (Operations), CIA

QUINN                                   The negotiator

DUNCAN MCCREA           Junior field agent, CIA

IRVING MOSS                      Discharged CIA agent

SAM SOMERVILLE            Field agent, FBI

CYRUS V. MILLER              Oil tycoon

MELVILLE SCANLON        Shipping tycoon

PETER COBB                        Armaments industrialist

BEN SALKIND                     Armaments industrialist

LIONEL MOIR                      Armaments industrialist

CREIGHTON BURBANK  
Director, Secret Service      

ROBERT EASTERHOUSE  Free-lance security consultant and Saudi expert

ANDREW LAING                Bank official, Saudi Arabian Investment Bank

SIMON                                  American student at Balliol College, Oxford

PATRICK SEYMOUR         Legal counselor and FBI agent,

                                                   American embassy, London

LOU COLLINS                      Liaison officer, CIA, London

 

The British

 

MARGARET THATCHER Prime Minister

SIR HARRY MARRIOTT   Home Secretary

SIR PETER IMBERT            Commissioner, Metropolitan Police

NIGEL CRAMER                  Deputy Assistant Commissioner,

                                                    Specialist Operations Department,

                                                    Metropolitan Police

JULIAN HAYMAN             Free-lance security company chairman

COMMANDER

  PETER WILLIAMS           Investigation officer, Specialist Operations

                                                   Department, Metropolitan Police

 

The Russians

 

MIKHAIL GORBACHEV    General Secretary, Communist Party

                                                   of the Soviet Union         

GENERAL

  VLADIMIR KRYUCHKOV Chairman, KGB

MAJOR

  PAVEL KERKORIAN        KGB
rezident
in Belgrade

GENERAL

   VADIM KIRPICHENKO  Deputy Head, First Chief Directorate, KGB

IVAN KOZLOV                    Marshal of the U.S.S.R.      

MAJOR GENERAL

   ZEMSKOV                         Chief planner, Soviet General Staff

ANDREI                                Field agent, KGB

 

The Europeans

 

KUYPER                                Belgian thug

BERTIE VAN EYCK            Director, Walibi Theme Park, Belgium             

DIETER LUTZ                     
Hamburg journalist

HANS
MORITZ                  
Dortmund brewer

HORST LENZLINGER        
Oldenburg arms dealer

WERNER
BERNHARDT   
Former Congo mercenary

PAPA
DE GROOT              
Dutch provincial police chief

CHIEF INSPECTOR

   DYKSTRA                         Dutch provincial detective

Prologue

The dream came again, just before the rain. He did not hear the rain. In his sleep the dream possessed him.

There was the clearing again, in the forest in Sicily, high above Taormina. He emerged from the forest and walked slowly toward the center of the space, as agreed. The attaché case was in his right hand. In the middle of the clearing he stopped, placed the case on the ground, went back six paces, and dropped to his knees. As agreed. The case contained a billion lire.

It had taken six weeks to negotiate the child’s release, quick by most precedents. Sometimes these cases went on for months. For six weeks he had sat beside the expert from the
carabinieri’s
Rome office—another Sicilian but on the side of the angels—and had advised on tactics. The
carabinieri
officer did all the talking. Finally the release of the daughter of the Milan jeweler, snatched from the family’s summer home near Cefalù beach, had been arranged. A ransom of close to a million U.S. dollars, after a start-off demand for five times that sum, but finally the Mafia had agreed.

From the other side of the clearing a man emerged, unshaven, rough-looking, masked, with a Lupara shotgun slung over his shoulder. He held the ten-year-old girl by one hand. She was barefoot, frightened, pale, but she looked unharmed. Physically, at least. The pair walked toward him; he could see the bandit’s eyes staring at him through the mask, then flickering across the forest behind him.

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