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A Mideast thriller novel set in Cairo in 1962. Richard Thomson was already having a very bad day when someone left a corpse lying on the rear steps of his hotel. Its head had been lopped off like a ripe melon and had been posed so it could look back down at its own body. A message? In this mystery thriller, there’s no doubt about it. Thomson is a burned-out CIA Agent and the body belongs to Mahmoud Yussuf, a fat petty thief and some-time spy who is selling photographs of a long-abandoned RAF base in the Egyptian desert. What the photos have to do with a dead Israeli Mossad agent, Nazi rocket scientists, the fanatical Moslem Brotherhood, and two missing Egyptian tank regiments could start the next Arab-Israeli War or stop it. Alone and on the run, no one believes Thomson’s story — not the CIA, the US Ambassador, and most assuredly not Captain Hassan Saleh, Chief of the Homicide Bureau of the Cairo Police, who wants to hang Thomson for murder. Like Night of the Generals, this is a murder mystery wrapped inside a CIA spy thriller and historic fiction. The slums of Cairo are a tinder box of discontent and the first faint whiffs of a military coup against the shaky, new government of Abdel Gamal Nasser are in the air. Tick Toc, Tick Toc! In this CIA action adventure and suspense thriller, if he doesn’t solve the mystery, something is about to blow up in Thomson’s face at Noon on Thursday.
I have previously read one of Mr. Brown’s other novels – The Undertaker, which I loved, so I was very eager when Mr. Brown contacted me asking if I wanted to read & review another of his novels. Thursday at Noon begins with an interesting prologue –
In 1962, two missile crises brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. In October, Kennedy and Khrushchev went eyeball-to-eyeball over Soviet missile bases in Cuba until, as Dean Rusk said, “the other fellow blinked.” Four months earlier, however, a smaller yet far more deadly crisis played out thousands of miles away. It never made the six o’clock news or the front page of The New York Times. Hints of that story are only now beginning to surface through the memoirs of the intelligence officers involved.
The prologue certainly piqued my interest & the novel held it from start to finish! I found myself shouting at Thomson (cause he could obviously hear me, right?), and trying to read faster so that I could find out what was going to happen to Thomson & Captain Saleh & what was happening out at the abandoned RAF base.
Thursday at Noon is a very well written, action-packed thriller and murder mystery, wrapped up in historical fiction – or is it undocumented historical fact, with a few details changed to protect the innocent?? The characters of Thomson & Saleh are particularly well written and I found myself rooting them both on, screaming at Thomson and cursing Saleh. All in all a brilliant book & one I probably will read again!