THE PANTHER, by Nelson De Mille

Another high-concept blockbuster by De Mille, the master of such contemporary epics. This one takes place in Yemen, an A-list contender for hellhole of the millennia. John Corey, NYPD Terrorism Task Force member and his FBI wife, Kate Mayfield, accept temporary assignment for a black op, ostensibly to search out USS Cole perps, but actually for something else. But what something else isn’t made clear until Corey unpeels the layers of deceit, false leads, interagency rivalry and betrayal, and some very personal betrayal. Remind me never to go to Yemen. A 4; I get tired of Corey’s endless smartass comments. Reminds me of a guy I dated once...only once.