Nance, John J. Headwind. Putnam. April 2001. c400 p. ISBN 0-399-14713-6. $24.95. Fiction.

Fans of suspense fiction and aeronautical thrillers in particular will find much to like in Nance’s latest, including the requisite white-knuckle flying sequences, which take place in a variety of aircraft from a Boeing 737 to a Cessna 172; authentic technical details (as one would expect from the aviation analyst for ABC’s World News Tonight); sparkling dialogue; a relentless pace; and an exciting courtroom drama in Ireland, where the legal jousting reaches its climax. An ex-U.S. President, traveling in Europe, faces arrest under an international warrant for crimes supposedly committed by CIA-hired operatives in Peru, and it’s up to an outgunned lawyer from Wyoming—a former judge, thrown off the bench in a messy scandal—and two daring pilots in a commandeered aircraft to save him. After the first 100 pages, which crackle with tension, the reader is hit with another jolt that lasts just as long, with more thrills yet to come. Highly recommended for all public libraries.

LJ, vol. 126, no. 4 (March 1, 2001), 132.


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