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Critical Mass (1992)

by David Hagberg

Series: Kirk McGarvey (4)

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Kirk McGarvey--one-time CIA assassin--dreams of a peaceful life and marital bliss. One man will change all that. In 1945, Isawa Nakaruma lost his mother and father at Hiroshima, his wife and child at Nagasaki, and has been planning years to wreak his revenge--and he holds Kirk McGarvey personably responsible. His plan begins with the murder of McGarvey's girlfriend and the kidnapping and torturing of McGarvey's ex-wife and daughter. But he won't stop there, not until McGarvey himself is six-feet under and nuclear bombs are detonated over Los Angeles and San Francisco.… (more)
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The best of the McGarvey books so far, but still not in that "elite" category for me. This time, the biggest problem (which plagues way too many thrillers) is the coincidence that is essential to tying the two parts of the story together. On the other hand, I enjoyed the less-than-perfect villain and the introduction of McGarvey's daughter into what will, I presume, be a recurring role in the books. I also particularly enjoy that Hagberg doesn't forget about prior episodes in McGarvey's life and how those episodes continue to weigh upon him or effect his actions and views. ( )
  MSWallack | Aug 25, 2007 |
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Kirk McGarvey--one-time CIA assassin--dreams of a peaceful life and marital bliss. One man will change all that. In 1945, Isawa Nakaruma lost his mother and father at Hiroshima, his wife and child at Nagasaki, and has been planning years to wreak his revenge--and he holds Kirk McGarvey personably responsible. His plan begins with the murder of McGarvey's girlfriend and the kidnapping and torturing of McGarvey's ex-wife and daughter. But he won't stop there, not until McGarvey himself is six-feet under and nuclear bombs are detonated over Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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