Robin Burcell has an interesting character in Sydney Fitzpatrick, FBI agent and forensic artist.
Her latest adventure, "The Dark Hour" (Harper/370 pages), takes Special Agent Fitzpatrick to Amsterdam where she is to meet a witness to a covert assassination.
The witness describes a CIA agent thought to have been killed two years ago. Sydney teams up with the agent's former husband as they try to find her and the parties responsible for her disappearance.
The plot thickens as U.S. Sen. Grogan, who is about to commence hearings into port security, is assassinated. What ensues is a mad chase for a vial of a deadly chimera virus, a genetically altered germ that combines two of the most lethal diseases to plague mankind - smallpox and ebola.
Burcell writes a sci-fi/politcal thriller that will scare the daylights out of the reader. In her explosive epilog, she warns us that such a deadly chimera virus is an all too real possibility.
The publisher, Harper, includes in this edition a preview of Sydney Fitzpatrick's next thrilling case, "The Black List."