The Death Trust
By David Rollins
(Bantam, Hardcover, 9780553805345, 416pp.)
Publication Date: September 25, 2007
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As shocking as today’s headlines, this internationally bestselling thriller plunges readers into the revelation of a terrifying conspiracy that begins with a sniper’s bullet on a routine patrol in Iraq…and leads all the way back to the White House–where the ultimate betrayal of trust is being played out….
Amid the dust, death, and chaos of Iraq, an American soldier on a routine patrol is killed by an unseen enemy. It’s a tragedy but not a crime–until it’s linked to the bizarre death of a decorated four-star general who happens to be the dead man’s father…and the son-in-law of history’s most feared and powerful U.S. vice president.
Major Vin Cooper of Air Force Special Investigations is the kind of loose cannon no commanding officer can completely control…or survive without. Cooper’s a man whose capacity to absorb grief is matched only by his ability to dish it out. And this case–which will be either his most important or his last–has plenty of both.
Scarred by battle and a recent divorce, Cooper answers to no one but his own tough-as-nails female general. She knows there’s no one as relentless, as insubordinate, and as effective in prying out the truth as Cooper–no matter where it leads or who it angers.
Reluctantly paired with Special Agent Anna Masters, Cooper begins his search at the scene of a suspicious crash at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. There they uncover a trail of inexplicable “accidental” deaths that leads from the war-torn streets of Baghdad to sex slavery in Latvia and a marriage that began in the White House Rose Garden and disintegrated into bitterness and infidelity. And with every step they take, Cooper and Masters come closer to the shocking truth about the biggest and most murderous lie of all.
David Rollins is a former advertising creative director who lives in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of The Death Trust and Knife Edge, both international bestsellers. Bantam Books will publish Knife Edge in 2008.
“With intelligence and wry humor, David A. Rollins crafts an all-too-believable story about power, corruption, and cover-up that has shocking international consequences.…Strong characters, nonstop action, and superb suspense…Vin Cooper has a powerful, true voice that never wavers.” —Nelson DeMille
“Sucked me right in… punchy, Chandleresque wit… take this one to the beach and you’ll leave with sunburn.” —Sydney Morning Herald
“An intelligent, full-blooded action thriller.” —Age, Australia
“A thumping good page-turner…great characters, nonstop action. It takes off from page one and never lets up. A rollicking ride and Rollins has made the action as authentic as possible. Essential reading for any plane flight. Highly recommended.”— Sun-Herald, Australia
“The Death Trust is a fast moving thriller with a likeable (if arrogant and flawed) main character and enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing. The conspiracy theory is believable enough to have the reader considering its feasibility. Rollins is a master storyteller who combines action, suspense, and humour with aplomb.”—aussiereviews.com
"From an explosive beginning, David Rollins' thriller The Death Trust rolls into action with impressive speed and precision."—Orlando Sentinel
“A white-knuckle read on a par with anything that James Patterson or Nelson DeMille might offer.... A real page-turner.”—Library Journal, starred review
“A tough wisecracking hero.”—Publishers Weekly