Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Hunted-Brian Haig

The Hunted
Brian Haig
Grand Central, Aug 12 2009, $25.99
ISBN 9780446195591

When the Wall came down, Russian Alex “Kid Midas” Konevitch charged into the economic chaos to make millions in the void by backing with money Yeltsin. He hires former KGB deputy Sergei Golitsin, who learned of Alex during the fall of Communism two years ago, as his security chief. However, as brilliant as Alex is in business, he fails to understand his diabolical former agent. Sergei hires his former associates and soon steal the money and the firm; they set up Alex for arrest, but plan to kill him before the cops can fully investigate.

Konevitch and his wife Elena flee as hitmen come for them. They make it to America, but instead of asylum, the Director of the FBI sees the Russians as pawns to further his career. Even in the USA they are not safe as the Russian Mafia is coming for them while the Feds don’t care what happens as long as the boss does not have his credibility damaged.

Exciting and fast-paced THE HUNTED is based on a true story from the early 1990s. The cast is strong but ironically the audience will admire Alex for his business acumen and Sergei for his adaptation to the new world order as he proves “Looks like nothing’s gonna change; everything remains the same” (Dock of the Bay). Readers who relish a character driven tale based on recent history will want to peruse Brian Haig’s super thriller.

Harriet Klausner