The Death Trust, by David A. Rollins

When Major Vin Cooper, Special Agent in the US Air Force, is assigned to investigate the death of a General, he has no idea what he’s in for. Arriving at the NATO Ramstein Air Vase in Germany with a hangover, a toothache and a cloud over his whole career, he soon discovers that the apparent accidental death of Abraham Scott is sabotage. Scott was murdered, but discovering why, and by whom, will require every ounce of Cooper’s intelligence, strength and luck.

Cooper is paired with agent Anna Masters, who is supposed to keep him in line, but the pair both find themselves bending the rules and playing hard to solve the murder – and keep themselves alive. Someone high up is pulling strings, determined that the truth will never be known. It is a truth that could destroy the very fabric of contemporary society.

The Death Trust is a fast moving thriller with a likeable (if arrogant and flawed) main character and enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing. The conspiracy theory is believable enough to have the reader considering its feasibility. Rollins is a master story teller who combines action, suspense and humour with aplomb.

An absorbing read.

The Death Trust, by David A. Rollins
Macmillan, 2005