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by Patrick Mackeown

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The Expendability Doctrine starts off with the murder of Keith Connors. Keith is an industrialist with a list of enemies a mile long. He works indirectly with the major oil companies. He was ruthless and cruel to those around him. Life was all about how much money he could make and how fast. Hilary Connors, his wife, has contracted to have Keith murdered or has she?

Within 36 hours after the murder Hilary is in Libya at a secret meeting where a group of men are talking about a conspiracy to make money off the oil shortage. Suddenly another murder takes place. Hilary runs out of the building down streets that she has never been on before. Major Carter comes to her rescue. His job as he explains it is “security”. In the next 24 hours she is thrown into prison, escapes and has a very tough journey ahead.

Back in England Luke Connors, Hilary’s son, is brutally beaten in his father’s house. The assailants warn him not to get involved. He hasn’t the vaguest idea what they are talking about. Involved in what?

While Hilary is fleeing across Libya, Detective Hawthorne and Sergeant Dalgliesh find more suspects than they can count. It is looking more and more like there is more to Keith Connors death than a simple murder. With no gas for vehicles they are having a hard time tracking down suspects as they have to go everywhere on foot even into the most dangerous housing project in Great Britain.

The government gets involved and Superintendent Jarvis starts putting on the heat. The two officers can’t figure out why the government is involved but know there must be something else going on. Detective Hawthorne has a code of his own and doesn’t want to admit that it’s what Sgt. Dalgliesh refers to as “integrity”. However, he knows things aren’t as simple as they seem in this case.

Patrick Mackeown starts The Expendability Doctrine out fast paced and it doesn’t slow down till the very last page. There is always another twist to the story, always another turn that comes along. All of it comes together to make an intriguing industrial conspiracy. The only problem I had with the story was that the actual ‘conspiracy’ was confusing to pinpoint. The meeting that Hilary walks in on initially in Libya when the men were talking about their dealings totally had me lost. I think the story is a good one but the background needed to be explained a bit more in depth.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0955432804, Paperback)

An oil conspiracy thriller with global dimensions. Intelligent, readable, and guaranteed to get the grey matter going. In the midst of an international oil crisis, Keith Connors, a British industrialist is murdered. In accordance with procedures the police investigate his family and acquaintances. The professional nature of Keith's killing is never in doubt. However, when the victim's wife absconds, a pattern of sinister events unfolds. The Expendability Doctrine races on a roller-coaster thrill ride across the globe - from the East Coast of Britain, to the horrors of deaths in Libyan gaols - in an extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of global concern.

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In the midst of an international oil crisis, Keith Connors, a British industrialist is murdered. In accordance with procedures the police investigate his family and acquaintances. The professional nature of Keith's killing is never in doubt. However, when the victim's wife absconds, a pattern of sinister events unfolds.… (more)

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