Crimes Against Country

mystery-month-2014The hit TV show 24 returns tonight, with another world-shaking political timebomb. Mystery and fiction writers have been delighting readers with this kind world-stage suspense for decades. Adding “how, why and when” to the traditional “whodunnit” adds another layer of intrigue for fans of puzzle-solving peril.

The Camel Club by David Baldacci
“Oliver Stone” and his disillusioned pals form the Camel Club are dedicated to exposing Washington’s dirty little secrets. In the series opener, they witness the  murder of a federal agent and find themselves on the government’s radar.

Hawke by Ted Bell
British billionaire and freelance international crime stopper Alexander Hawke helps the U.S. track a WWII-era Russian submarine that has fallen into the hands of Cuban revolutionaries.

The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson
The CIA worries that secret agent John Wells may have gone beyond just infiltrating the upper levels of al-Qaeda. Could years in bin Laden’s camp have turned Wells’ loyalties?

The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
Though he takes second-billing to the submarines in this surprising best-seller, CIA agent (and later president) Jack Ryan makes his debut in this 1984 thriller.

The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
In this pulse-pounding classic, the French police race to stop a master assassin hired to kill Charles de Gaulle.

Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn
After  terrorists take over the White House, CIA counterintelligence expert Mitch Rapp is sent in to save the high-level hostages and capture (or kill) the bad guys.

Eye of the Storm by Jack Higgins
When Saddam Hussein needs dirty work done, he looks to ex-IRA hit man Sean Dillon. (This gun for hire takes a licking and keeps on ticking; last December’s The Death Trade was Dillon’s 20th series appearance.)

The Last Jihad by Joel C. Rosenberg
Wall Street strategist Jon Bennett may hold the key to an international deal that would shut down the terrorist attacks against a newly elected president and America’s European allies.

The Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor
The only Secret Service agent to survive the ambush that preceded a Presidential kidnapping, former Navy SEAL Scot Harvath goes after the kidnappers on his own.

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Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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