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Midnight Runner Hardcover – April 1, 2002

Book 10 of 21 in the Sean Dillon Series

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British agent Sean Dillon returns in a sequel to 2001's Edge of Danger, in which author Jack Higgins, a consistently solid thriller writer, introduced the intriguing and powerful Arab/English Rashid family. Kate, the only Rashid left after an assassination attempt on the American president foiled by Dillon, has sworn to avenge her family and will do anything to humiliate the United States, including sabotage her own oil fields to cripple America's--and the world's--oil supplies.

The fast-paced action starts with the death of a presidential envoy's daughter and ends with an explosive showdown in the Rashid oil fields. Higgins makes the most of a somewhat thin plot with superb pacing and terrific action sequences. From Dillon's earlier adventures, he brings back Harry and Billy Salter, the agent's "reasonably but not totally respectable" gangster pals; White House operative Blake Johnson; and Sean's boss, General Ferguson. The new characters include a Vietnam war hero who's a roving troubleshooter for President Jake Cazalet, and another villainous Rashid, Kate's American cousin Chauncey. And while Kate seems to be down for the count at the end of this adventure, Dillon and his fans may not have seen the last of her yet. --Jane Adams

From Publishers Weekly

"Death is the Midnight Runner" goes the Arab proverb that gives Higgins's latest its name, but the title could as well refer to the book itself, swift and coursing with dark passion. A sequel to last year's electrifying Edge of Danger, this 33rd novel from the bestselling author finds the usual Higgins crew most notably, former IRA enforcer Sean Dillon and his present boss, Gen. Charles Ferguson, head of a super-secret British agency answering only to the prime minister responding to various revenge gambits by the beautiful and fabulously wealthy half-bedu, half-English Lady Kate Rashid, countess of Loch Dhu and head of the Rashid Bedu tribe of Hazar, whose three brothers were killed by Dillon and his comrades in the earlier book, after, among other acts of infamy, a Rashid assassination attempt on U.S. President Jack Cazalet. Kate first goes after U.S. Sen. Daniel Quinn, sent by Cazalet to England to investigate Kate and her operations, by seeking to discredit the senator's daughter in a drug scandal, but the young woman dies from the drugs given her without her knowledge. Quinn, seeking his own revenge, induces Dillon and company to confront Kate, no problem when they learn that her master plan involves blowing up a bridge in Hazar desert, thereby disrupting world oil flow and plunging the globe into economic crisis; and, of course, Kate wants to kill Dillon and his pals as well. The action rolls from grand London hotel dining rooms and Oval Office to the Hazar desert, and mostly it's as clipped and brutal, as credible and steel-hearted as Higgins's best; only the absurd final duel between Dillon and Kate, a showdown that feels more scripted than lived, keeps the novel from matching that best.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399148337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399148330
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack Higgins is among the world's most popular authors. Since the publication of The Eagle Has Landed--one of the biggest-selling thrillers of all time--every novel he has written has become an international bestseller, including The White House Connection and Day of Reckoning. He has had simultaneous number-one bestsellers in hardcover and paperback, and has been published in thirty-eight languages worldwide. Many of his books have been made into successful movies, among them The Eagle Has Landed, To Catch A King, and The Valhalla Exchange. He lives with his wife on Jersey in the Channel Islands.

Customer Reviews

If you like Jack Higgins character Sean Dillon you will enjoy the book.
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To summarize, the plot is full of holes, the characters one dimensional and the writing is unimaginative.
Golfer X
There is plenty of action throughout the book, and the final chapters will keep you turning those pages.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frank J. Konopka VINE VOICE on April 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This series of books about the converted IRA killer and his friends is one of my all-time favorites! Let's be frank, however; this is not great literature. The characters are mere brush strokes, there's very little exposition, the plots are see-through, and there always tends to be a happy ending. That being said, the books are just full of non-stop excitement, to the extent that you overlook the flaws in the work. Once you start reading these books, you're hooked from beginning to end, and sometimes it's impossible to put down until you've finished reading, even if it's the wee hours of the morning, and your eyes are burning from lack of sleep! That's the highest accolade I can give a book: that it kept me up way beyond my bedtime. It'll happen to you also.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel P. McManus on April 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am an unabashed Higgins fan who has tried to get his hands on almost everything he has written. Each springtime I eagerly await the release of his latest effort. In short, my standards for Higgins is high. And that is why I am very disappointed by this book. The characters are two-dimensional and the story flat. It's a shame; the formula was there for a great story. I will still eagerly wait next spring for the next new Higgins novel. But unlike other years, I will not be recommending this year's effort to my friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Konrad Kern VINE VOICE on April 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Jack Higgins returns again with his usual bunch of characters.
This time around it's Lady Kate Rashid's turn to seek vengeance on the President of the USA as well as Sean Dillon and others. It seems her three brothers were killed attempting to assassinate the president (Edge of Danger). Kate Rashid is one the richest women in the world and thus, has the power to get what she wants. Needless to say, she has no idea what she's soon to come up against: Sean Dillon, Blake Johnson, Harry and Billy Salter, Roper, Daniel Quinn and others.
A fast-paced thriller. The character of Sean Dillon is reminding me more and more of a character by the name of Dirk Pitt. You thriller readers know whom I'm talking about. Somehow you just know that no task is impossible. Of course Dirk still rules. This novel was comparable to the previous Dillon novels.
A suspenseful and quick read.
Recommended
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In looking through Jack Higgins extensive list of publications, I discovered that I had read another of his novels years ago - 'The Eagle Has Landed.' I literally remember nothing about it, but given the elapsed time involved, that is not surprising. On the other hand, this is not a particularly memorable novel either, and I suspect I will forget it in far fewer years.
'Midnight Runner,' the sequel to 'Edge of Danger,' sets out to be a classic spy thriller. Kate Rashid, half-wealthy Arab and half-English nobility, is the villain of the piece, along with her cousin Rupert Dauncy. She is determined to have revenge for the killing of her brothers when their evil plans were snuffed out in the previous volume. Dauncy just likes to do nasty things. The list of people Kate Rashid wants to get even with is quite large, including the President of the United States and several of his staff, Senator Daniel Quinn, most of British Intelligence, and, especially, Sean Dillon, the British agent who has been her nemesis.
Kate, the only remaining Rashid, is not 'just' wealthy, she controls the lion's share of world oil production, heads up a large clan of Bedouin tribesmen, and is funding almost every terrorist organization in the world. Indeed, her idea of revenge is to kill of a few people personally and then bring down the world around them. It does not help matters that not only is she wealthy and determined, she is also possessed of a brilliant mind. Small wonder that Dan Quinn and Sean Dillon are determined to see the end of her.
The story has all the right ingredients - menacing villains, roguish heroes, a fast moving complex plot, and the required threat to the free world - but for some reason it fails to sell itself.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. JOHNSON on April 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Sean Dillon and company are at it again and the action is as we would expect from Higgins. I read this book in practically one sitting and enjoyed it a lot. I am looking forward to the next Dillon outing and wondering about Kate Rashid????? As one reviewer mentioned unleavened bread and Savile Row suits, who cares? The plot's the thing and there's plenty of action to move it along.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By General Pete VINE VOICE on January 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The first Jack Higgins book I read was "Pay the Devil" and I loved that book. This book however is a totally different story while it was a good enough book to read on a plane or waiting in an airport its not one of those books you want read agian. Its all the same plot Mideast terrorist organization wants to stop the oil supply nothing ground breaking here.
My impression-Lots of action, but the characters for the most part are 2 dimensional and uninteresting. I mean heck thinking back on it the only characters that I can remember are Quinn, Billy and Sean Dillon.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie K. McBee on May 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Trick me once...Shame on you...Trick me twice...Shame on me.
Well, consider me shamed. The first time I ran into what I think is fraud was the Grisham book "The Brethern" That was the "Shame on You" Now, after Higgins latest..Shame on Me. I was so disappointed. Jack Higgins can write better than this. I want to know if this was one of those "Hurry Jack, we paid you upfront for x number of books and you're behind schedule. Punch one out." Shame should also go to his editor/publisher for allowing something like this to go out with his name.
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