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The accident man : a novel, Tom Cain

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The accident man : a novel
Title
The accident man
Title remainder
a novel
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Tom Cain
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eng
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Review
  • Samuel Carver's job is to eliminate people and make their deaths look like accidents. He is very good at what he does. Then he accepts a job to take out a terrorist by staging an apparent car accident in a Paris tunnel on August 31, 1997. Carver has always believed that he uses his skills only to kill "bad guys," but this assignment shatters his illusions. Now his superiors want him eliminated, and with the reluctant help of an enemy agent, he tries to decipher why he was set up and why Princess Diana was targeted. Cain, the pseudonym of a British journalist, ponders the horrendous real-life event, asking, "What if?" The questions surrounding Diana's death have plagued the populace since the tragedy occurred, and Cain translates those questions into a plausible scenario for what might have happened (if indeed her death was planned). But the novel is more than its intriguing premise: Cain's debut thriller also boasts a compelling protagonist who shows the potential to lead a continuing series. Given the subject, expect this one to attract attention well beyond genre fans. -- Ayers, Jeff (Reviewed 12-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 104, number 7, p24)
  • The pseudonymous Cain, a British journalist, has come up with a clever premise for his first novel. One summer night in 1997, Samuel Carver, an extremely capable assassin who only targets bad guys, is in a Paris tunnel ready to make a hit. He causes a speeding black Mercedes to smash into a stone pillar, leaving the car’s principal passenger, a dangerous terrorist, he’s been told, undoubtedly dead. Moments later, Carver himself is on the run from a Russian thug. Only after escaping the Russian does Carver realize he’s caused the death of Princess Diana. Carver vows revenge on those who set him up. A number of spy organizations are involved as well as several intermediaries, all of whom Carver must work his way through before finding who’s behind the conspiracy. A likable hero and nicely detailed action help offset a predictable and at times overwrought romance between Carver and the Russian’s female accomplice. Hopefully, Cain will keep the mayhem and soft-pedal the love interest in his next Samuel Carver thriller. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed November 12, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 45, p33)
  • In this clever debut novel, the pseudonymous Cain, an award-winning British journalist, successfully tackles a larger-than-life, real-world event. Samuel Carver is the titular character who will arrange a death (usually made to look accidental) for the right price. Like other fictional assassins, he lives by a certain code. Yes, he'll kill someone when he's hired for the job, but he only takes on certain jobs. And the people he arranges accidents for are universally bad—until his most recent job. What was supposed to be the end to an evil terrorist is instead the accident that shocks the world, and Carver is now on the run from the people who hired him and several other agencies, because this "accident" is the 1997 car crash that killed Princess Diana. Nicely paced and well researched, this is a thriller that genuinely thrills and makes the reader wonder, if only for a moment, What if? Recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/07.]—Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI --Jane Jorgenson (Reviewed February 15, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 3, p89)
  • Who killed the people's princess? Could be this debut novel's hard-hitting assassin for hire.Pseudonymous author Cain, a British journalist, crafts a disarming, exhilarating thriller that conjectures how the car crash that killed Princess Diana, never directly named here, might have been set up. Cain's protagonist Samuel Carver is an old-school S.O.B., a tightly wound former soldier who orchestrates fatal mishaps for the world's cutthroats. A killer with standards, he's happy to, say, eliminate an Albanian people-trafficker by helicopter sabotage, but balks at wasting a Pakistani terrorist because the hit includes the power broker's girlfriend. Pressed by his shadowy handler Max, Carver agrees to arrange yet another death, this time in the Pont de l'Alma Tunnel. After fulfilling his mission, he escapes only to find that he's been hung out to dry. When Carver is cornered by a brutal Russian counterpart named Grigori Kursk, he shoots first and snatches his comely associate Alix Petrova so he can ask questions later. Now the Russians, the British Secret Service and Kursk all want Carver's head. Cain writes with steely confidence, delivering rousing action sequences ranging from a chase through the sewers of Paris to a torturous denouement straight out of Casino Royale. What holds it all together is the book's flawed but convincing hero—a man gripped equally by lust, guilt, greed and wrath. "Who's to say who's good or bad," he muses. When the bullets are flying and the writing is this taut, it doesn't much matter.A first-rate, breakneck adventure. (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2007)
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250244
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Cain, Tom
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6103.A365
LC item number
A24 2008
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Samuel Carver novels
Series volume
0001
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Diana
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The accident man : a novel, Tom Cain
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Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
322, 6 p.
Isbn
9780143114765
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2009291124
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o316515325
  • (OCoLC)316515325
Label
The accident man : a novel, Tom Cain
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
322, 6 p.
Isbn
9780143114765
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2009291124
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o316515325
  • (OCoLC)316515325

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