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“A Death in Geneva by Denis Clift has a great unfolding plot and flow, sophisticated dialogue, superb character development, and artful locational descriptors worthy of the author's well-traveled and worldly background. This is a refreshing and worthy read, guaranteed to please.”
—ADM. William O. Studeman, USN (Ret.), former Director of NSA and former Deputy director of CIA
“A brilliantly plotted thriller with deeply drawn characters whose agendas collide in terrorism on the seas. With A Death in Geneva Denis Clift has given us an engrossing novel with the feel of a classic in the tradition of Ian Fleming.”
—Maureen Baginski, former FBI Executive Assistant Director for Intelligence
“Seldom if ever does an author possess the relevant skills—scholarship, elegance of expression, insight into the several dimensions of character, and a commanding personal grasp of subject matter (in this case of diplomacy, intelligence gathering, and international politics)—to craft a novel of such authenticity and profoundly absorbing style as Denis Clift has achieved in A Death in Geneva. From a rich career at the highest levels of international politics and his own leadership as an American intelligence professional, Clift draws you into an absorbing plot that combines ideological conflict, towering personal ambition by giants of industry and politics, hubris, and passion—spread artfully over a canvas that extends from Malta to Geneva, New York, and Washington—and leaves you breathless on every page. It’s Kissinger, Bill Gates, and Le Carré at their best. I couldn’t put it down.”
—Robert McFarlane, National Security Adviser to President Ronald Reagan
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A Death in Geneva is a fast-paced thriller set against the background of late-1970s terrorism that crisscrosses Europe, the United States, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic as mysterious assailants terrorize one of America’s richest industrialist families. The action begins when Constance Burdette, the newly appointed American ambassador to the European office of the United Nations—and the President’s secret lover—is cut down by machine gun fire in a bloody, well-planned strike against her chauffeured limousine in Geneva. The three assassins, continue their attack by stalking the late Ambassador’s brother, Thomas Madison Starring, America’s leading shipbuilder and owner of an international shipping fleet. As the assassins close in on their prey, the tense plot moves to a final, devastating act of terror.
A. Denis Clift is a former naval officer, editor of Proceedings magazine, and president emeritus of the National Intelligence University. He served in eleven administrations, including tours as National Security Council senior staff member for Soviet Union and Eastern and Western Europe, National Security Adviser to the Vice President, and Chief of Staff, Defense Intelligence Agency. His books include With Presidents to the Summit.