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Diplomatic Immunity [Kindle Edition]

Grant Sutherland
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Book Description

Diplomatic immunity, n: freedom from arrest...and submission to police regulations usually accorded by international law to diplomatic agents.* From the most exciting writer of international thrillers since Robert Ludlum comes a riveting tale of intrigue that propels us into the heart of the United Nations. Here conscience and loyalty will collide in one man’s desperate race against time.

Diplomatic Immunity

Shock waves ripple through the UN at the stunning news: a special envoy has been murdered in the basement. In the midst of a high-stakes General Assembly vote, the last thing officials want is more controversy. But Sam Windrush, a deputy in Legal Affairs, is determined to pursue his friend’s killer--despite roadblocks created by everyone from his supervisor and foreign ambassadors to his lover. Even worse, each of his suspects is protected by diplomatic immunity. Each can escape justice.

In less than a week UN officials will wrest the investigation away from am. In less than a week his fourteen-year career will be on the line. And as time runs out, Sam will face an even greater threat. A new suspect not protected by diplomatic immunity has come to light. The only suspect Sam wants to eliminate...the only one he cannot.

*Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language

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Editorial Reviews Review

When Special Envoy Toshio Hatanaka's body is found in a basement room of the United Nations headquarters a few days before a crucial General Assembly vote on admitting Japan to the Security Council, Sam Windrush, first deputy for UN Legal Affairs, is assigned to investigate what looks suspiciously like a homicide. Sam and Toshio have a special bond, forged when the envoy attempted to rescue Sam's late wife from the hands of Afghan tribesmen who attacked a refugee camp on the Pakistan border where she was part of a medical relief team. Toshio's death was particularly convenient for the pro-Japan forces at the UN, since he was about to unmask a money-laundering scheme in which the Japanese ambassador may have been implicated. And Sam's boss, whose future depends on getting Japan on the council, is stonewalling the investigation, as is Sam's lover, a key member of the legal team at the United States mission. And there are others at the UN who will stop at nothing to keep Sam from uncovering the truth about Toshio's death--even framing Rachel, Sam's vulnerable 18-year-old daughter, for murder.

Grant Sutherland's knowledge of the operational aspects of the United Nations bureaucracy as well as the intricacies of global diplomacy stand him in good stead here. Sam's inner conflict between loyalty to his deeply held values and to the mission he serves is clearly illuminated. Although the dramatic pacing leaves something to be desired, this somewhat dense but ultimately engrossing international thriller offers a perceptive take on a subject and organization that's usually ignored in the mystery genre. --Jane Adams

From Publishers Weekly

British author Sutherland's (Due Diligence and East of the City) insider depiction of the protected world of the United Nations, whether accurate or not, lends authenticity to a plot that on reflection may seem preposterous but is totally believable while racing through it. Sam Windrush, a U.N. legal affairs deputy, is thrown into the investigation and possible cover-up of the death of his pacifist friend, Toshio Hatanaka, a refugee specialist. Hatanaka was the negotiator three years earlier in a hostage situation in Pakistan, during which Sam's wife was murdered. Hatanaka's body turns up just as the General Assembly is about to vote on giving Japan a permanent seat on the Security Council. Aided by the deputy head of U.N. security, Sam unearths backstabbing, pretentiousness, deception and fear beneath a veneer of international amity. Suspicion points to several high-ranking U.N. diplomats, with the inquiry uncovering fraud on top of murder. Sam must cope with mysterious forces trying to quash the investigation, as well as with his teenage daughter Rachel, recently recovered from anorexia, being wrongfully accused of Hatanaka's murder. In a novel where almost every big shot has a motive, the fluky unmasking of the real killer may seem a bit of a cheat, especially when the unsuspected culprit's reasons for the deed turn out to be very personal. Nonetheless, the author uses the rarified world of the U.N. to his advantage in a fast-paced novel that will keep readers engaged. (May 8)Forecast: Since this is Sutherland's first novel to be published in the U.S., Bantam is making a concerted promotional effort, including a generous distribution of advance reading copies. An attractive jacket and the unusual U.N. setting should also help sales, as will enthusiastic blurbs from Christopher Reich and Stephen White.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 623 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553583301
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFMD4
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting legal and police procedural May 1, 2001
The General Assembly of the United Nations has a historic vote coming up filled with controversy. The member nations must decide whether Japan deserves a seat on the Security Council. Though most countries including the United States leans towards yes, strong opposition led by long time employer Toshio Hatanaka oppose Japan obtaining a seat.

First Deputy in the Secretariat's Legal Affairs Sam Windrush feels pressure from his boss Patrick O'Connor and his girlfriend Jennifer Dale, aid to the American Ambassador to the United Nations. Both ask Sam to persuade the influential Toshio to drop his opposition. Not long afterwards, former NYPD official, now deputy of United Nations security Mike Jardine, informs Sam that Toshio lies dead in the basement of the United Nations' "Turtle Bay" building. NYPD cannot enter the facility to investigate the crime so Sam and Mike are assigned to do so. However, Sam's boss and other VIPs want Toshio's death declared a suicide, but the two intrepid sleuths think otherwise and continue to investigate with no support.

DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY is an exciting look at the United Nations from a legal and police procedural story line. The tale is exciting and insightful as readers obtain a glimpse inside those "eighteen acres" of Manhattan that is not United States jurisdiction. Sam is a brave individual fighting to do the right thing against overwhelming odds that threaten him with his job, his life, and even through his daughter, a United nations guide. Grant Sutherland provides an intriguing plot that hopefully is the start of a new series with more insider perusals of the United Nations.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A FULL-THROTTLE THRILLER May 2, 2001
By Nick G
The UN is shocked by the news: a diplomatic minister is found murdered in the basement of the UN building.
No one is more devistated by the news than Sam Windrush, a deputy in Legal Affairs, for him the victim was his friend, someone who through personal tragedy has been linked to him for years. Intent on catching the killer, Sam moves into action, even though his superiors want him to abandon the investigation.
Since the murder has cast an uncertainty on the outcome of a high stakes assembly vote, the UN does not want anymore controversy, thus making Sam's investigation impossible. Battling various roadblocks set by everyone from his supervisor, and foreign ambassadors, to his lover, Sam realizes he is in way over his head, racing a clock that one wrong move could cost him his life.
Not willing to give up, Sam continues on a maze of deception - where everyone is a suspect, every suspect has a hidden agenda, and all are protected by diplomatic immunity. With his job, and life on the line, Sam must find his killer before it's too late.
'Diplomatic Immunity' is a full-throttle thriller, that entertains while offering an exciting look into the heart of the United Nations.
Twisting plot thrills, page-turning action, and top notch writing make for a great thriller...and 'Diplomatic Immunity' has all of it.
Grant Sutherland has written a novel that ranks with the best of Ludlum, and deserves it's spot on the bestseller lists.
Nick Gonnella
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3.0 out of 5 stars mixed bag April 11, 2009
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This is an interesting story set at the UN headquarters. Creative plot with plausible yet surprising twists, and a peek into a place few have experience with. The downside is the style. It's all written in 1st person narrative, which is ok, but Sutherland writes the whole story in the present tense (with a few exceptions, which I assume are oversights). One has the sense that it was a 9th grade English assignment to have a whole story written in present tense to teach the kids about tense, or maybe it was done on a dare. In any case, it was very annoying, and I would have put it down early on if the story wasn't so interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Thriller From A New Author Worth Reading! October 29, 2002
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In his first novel, Grant Sutherland has produced a well-written, highly suspenseful (albeit slow-building) thriller about a murder that takes place at the United Nations. In addition to its well-developed plot,which is packed with twists and surprises, Sutherland's characters are believable and multi-dimensional. In many ways, Diplomatic Immunity reminds me of the early works by Robert Ludlum, which, to me, is a high compliment. If you're a thriller lover, or any reader who is seeking a very good book, Diplomatic Immunity is definitely worthy of your consideration. I'm very much looking forward to Sutherland's next book.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rates Minus Stars October 25, 2002
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This is a supposed "thriller" that is actually a dull, dialogue ridden yawner with little action and uninteresting characters. The "mystery" involved is psuedo-solved in a very unsatisfiying way and the reason behind the murder involved is (to say the least) contrived. I read the descriptions on every box and bag in my cupboard before I resorted to complete the reading of this book. I held out a very small hope that its "resolution" might be in some way satisfying. My hopes were crushed. I will avoid this author at all cost in the future.
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