And in Steve Haberman's upcoming DARKNESS AND BLOOD, there is a file bomb, ultra top secret information so horrifying in its content that an unintended recipient, after downloading it, dies from a heart attack?
The south of France, past midnight.
An American intelligence officer, accompanied by several bodyguards, has secretly flown in from London, with some terrible news. The news is for a friend, a very ex-intelligence agent, hiding out in an ancient farmhouse. A mutual confidant, a retired MI5 analyst, he explains, has suffered an odd cardiac arrest and died. To compound the mystery, just before the death, three men had entered the deceased's flat. Two of them ranked high up in British domestic intelligence; the third--from the CIA or MI6?--was an unknown. Minutes later, presumably after their old friend had passed away, those three fled his flat and disappeared into the London night.
So sets in motion with this strange night tale the soon-to-be-released thriller, DARKNESS AND BLOOD. The unnerving, all-too-real sequel to THE KILLING PLOY.
Upcoming Work, WINSTON CHURCHILL'S RENEGADE SPY
Mid-1940, the darkest of the nights for Britain during WWII. Adolf Hitler's military has conquered much of continental Europe, including France. Now a mere twenty miles away from England, with only the English Channel in between, his Wehrmacht plans to invade the island-nation. Sixty-five year old Winston Churchill is prime minister of his beleaguered country. And a German spy might have burrowed deeply within his government, plotting to aid that onslaught.
Such is the news an unofficial emissary of the wartime leader secretly brings to Jonas Shaw in Switzerland one morning in WINSTON CHURCHILL'S RENEGADE SPY.
The prime minister, he's told, has formed a committee to expose this traitor. But this body, made up of the ruling class, is too insular, and Churchill wants Shaw, a working class, transplanted American, to help investigate.
Shaw has had many roles in his eventful life. A former amateur boxing champion. A celebrated New York City detective, who saved the lives of influential politicians. And briefly, before scandal forced him out, one of Churchill's bodyguards. Should he accept, he realizes he will need all his street smarts and courage. For in the treacherous world of war ravaged Europe, one never knows if a friend or foe will step out from the shadows.