Avenger (Mass Market Paperbound)

By Frederick Forsyth

St. Martin's Press, 9780312997229, 352pp.

Publication Date: August 16, 2004



Attorney Calvin Dexter hangs his shingle in a quiet New Jersey town, has a reasonably successful practice, and takes the hills strong while triathalon training. But Dexter is no ordinary man.


The summer before he goes to college, Ricky Colenso travels to Bosnia to volunteer as an aid worker. A few weeks later, he disappears and is never heard from again. A family grieves and is offered little hope--in the fog of that horrible time and place, the killer, too, has vanished.


Or so it would seem. For in a world that has forgotten right and wrong, there are few like Cal Dexter who can settle the score. And so, years later, a worldwide chase is on and Dexter begins to draw a net around the killer. But this time CIA agent Paul Devereux must find a way to stop Dexter before his quest for vengeance throws the world into chaos.


A heart-stopping novel of murder and mystery, double-cross and triple-cross, old loyalties and new hatreds, "Avenger "has all of Frederick Forsyth's page-turning trademarks.

About the Author

Frederick Forsyth is the author of eleven bestselling novels, including "The Day of the Jackal" and "The Dogs of War." He lives in Hertfordshire, England.

Praise For Avenger

"Frederick Forsyth is truly the world's reigning master of suspense." -- Los Angeles Times

"When it comes to espionage, international intrigue, and suspense, Frederick Forsyth is a master." -- The Washington Post

"With quick, sure images, Mr. Forsyth creates indelible impressions of characters." --The New York Times

"Avenger is proof Forsyth can still tell a suspenseful tale better than anyone."--Forth Worth Star-Telegram

"It's a pleasure to watch Forsyth build his complicated plot. The author is indeed a watchmaker [with] the wheels and levers, all working perfectly together."-Houston Chronicle

"Avenger is another gem from a master craftsman."-Rocky Mountain News

"[A] creative rebirth for the venerable author of 1971's The Day of the Jackal."-Time Out New York

"A gripping, powerful thriller from the master, surpassing the mark he set with Day of the Jackal." -Pages

"A suspense-filled, adrenaline-driven ride that leaves the reader exhausted yet never happier."

"Just for fun, I thought I would read 50 pages of Clancy's latest and Forsyth's new book, Avenger, and decide which one demanded my immediate attention. Forsyth won hands down."-Ocala Star-Banner

"The Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War, The Odessa File-these Forsyth blockbusters helped define the international conspiracy thriller...Forsyth's extraordinary care with detail, his solid voice, and his exquisite pacing make this a totally engrossing thriller." -Booklist (starred review)

"The great Forsyth of The Day of the Jackal returns...[and] the pages burn by." -Kirkus Reviews