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Title: No Immunity
Author: Alan Hunt
Published: July 28th 2014
Goodreads rating: 3.25
My rating: 3/5
“Got given an ARC from Net Galley”
The bullet struck him high on the right side of the chest, spinning him round so that he looked, momentarily, into the terrified face of the doorman before his legs collapsed under him and he fell backwards on to the pavement. Then the sun was blocked by a figure leaning over him.
He felt the barrel of the gun at his temple.
November, 2003. The British Ambassador in Buenos Aires, Mark Wordsworth, is murdered on the eve of talks with the Argentine Government about the Falkland Islands. Were terrorists responsible? Or are there others who might have gained from Wordsworth’s death? His deputy, Jeremy Hawkins, hated him. But what of his widow, Ann, and her former lover, Julian De Crespigny, now Head of Foreign Office Personnel? Or Wordsworth’s successor, the apparently deeply devout William Grant? Also unclear is the role of the reclusive businessman, Angus Sterling, whose fortune is riding on a South Atlantic oil concession under threat from the negotiations.
The police in Buenos Aires and London have made little progress when another death muddies the waters further. Adam White, Assistant Head of Security in the Foreign Office, sets out on his own independent enquiry under the watchful eye of his boss, James Carter. The trail takes Adam in search of the truth to Argentina and Chile and back to London before he makes his final, fateful return to Latin America. But Adam has not revealed everything about his past to his anxious lover, Alison Webster. What was his connection to Wordsworth..?
Authoritative and gripping right up until the final shocking denouement, this debut novel by former diplomat Alan Hunt combines action and danger with perceptive insight into the nature of love and human fallibility. No Immunity is a riveting novel that will appeal to all thriller fans.
The British Ambassador in Buenos Aires normally walked to work. The security experts in London disapproved of this practice and had sought to convince him of its dangers, but Mark Wordsworth was a stubborn man and had resisted all efforts to alter his chosen routine.
I do usually enjoy reading this genre but with this book I found that it didn’t grab my attention like most books did. Thus, I found it harder to concentrate and maintain my interest in it. This was a very good effort but it was definitely missing something to create that spark of a really good book.