MOUNTING FEARS, by Stuart Woods, Putnam, New York, 2009, hardcover, 291 pages, $25.95.
Once again, it’s time for one of suspense master Woods’ semiannual novels, and this time out, it’s back to Washington, D.C.
The part-time Mount Desert Island resident has reached into his big bag of semiregular characters and brought out politician Will Lee.
The Georgia Democrat is well on his way to being re-elected president when a series of events pummels him from all sides. A nuclear bomb is set off in Pakistan. His vice president dies of cancer, and Lee’s choice for his replacement, unknown to him, is an inveterate womanizer, word about which leaks out. A charismatic, black, third-party candidate enters the race late, threatening to siphon off votes from Lee. An old CIA spook, who Lee had publicly pronounced dead, pops up alive again.
And it’s up to Lee, his CIA director wife, Kate Rule Lee, and his closest advisers to keep a lid on all this, so as not to derail his re-election bid.
As usual, Woods keeps things rolling smoothly along. There aren’t any great surprises, but then reliability is something to cherish in an author. Stuart Woods fans know what to expect, and he delivers again handsomely in “Mounting Fears.”