Keizer, Gregg. Midnight Plague. G. P. Putnam's Sons. August 2005. c. 352p. ISBN 0-399-15319-5. $24.95. Fiction.

Keizer's (The Longest Night) second thriller deals with the threat of biological warfare on the eve of the Allied invasion of Normandy. Frank Brink, an American doctor in the British service, has been involved in the production of anthrax bacteria. When a female colleague dies as a result of their work, he dedicates himself to finding an antibiotic that will stop not only the spread of anthrax but also a deadly pneumonic plague that the Germans are developing. This dual threat becomes even more real when a boatload of dying Jews washes up on the English coast. The sole survivor leads Brink and his Special Ops watchdog, Juniper Wickens, to France in search of the lab where the Jews were infected and where an SS doctor has both perfected a method to disperse plague bacilli and discovered an antidote to protect German troops. With the imminent invasion in peril and plenty of obstacles in his way, Brink must find and destroy the lab. Dense with incident and sprinkled with authentic historical details, the tightly entwined plot requires attentive reading, particularly during the action-packed conclusion. Forgiving readers will overlook occasionally disjointed prose, stilted language in the midst of action (fingers choking a doctor are bent back "against the metacarpophalangeal joints"), and moments that stretch believability. A discretionary purchase for larger collections where World War II thrillers are in demand.

LJ, vol. 130, no. 13 (August 2005), 68.

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