Raymond Benson's fifth original James Bond novel is set in the south of France, where Bond defeats a vicious criminal - and harder still, an old friend turned enemy.
A movie is a perfect hiding place for crime, as Bond finds when he uncovers how a film producer is a front for an international crime conspiracy. The Union - already encountered in the latest two Bond adventures High Time to Kill and Doubleshot - reveals its connections to the Cannes Film Festival and the Corsican mafia. Before he has finished, Bond will have to save the producer's exquisite movie-star wife, confront Le Gerant, the brains behind the Union - and settle a score from many years ago.
Welcome back, Mr Bond. We ve been waiting for you . . . Benson has gone back to Bondian basics in a fast-moving world of bedrooms, firm breasts, betting and bruises. - Independent on Sunday
Spectacular chases, gory killings and a spot of sado-masochism . . addicts of the genre will love it. - The Times
Benson's faithful manipulation of Fleming's boilerplate formula will have Bond fans cheering. - Publishers Weekly on DOUBLESHOT
If Bond is up your boulevard then this is for you - Bath Chronicle on DOUBLESHOT
Amongst other titles, Raymond has written ten authorised James Bond works, including a non-fiction title that was nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award. Under a pseudonym, he is also the author of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling books that continue Tom Clancy's line of political thrillers.