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Format:  Paperback,

340 pages

Edition: First

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Aug 2004

ISBN-13: 9780312997229

ISBN-10: 0312997221

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Attorney Calvin Dexter hangs his shingle in a quiet New Jersey town, has a reasonably successful practice, and takes the hills strong while triathalon training. But Dexter is no ordinary man.
The summer before he goes to college, Ricky Colenso travels to Bosnia to volunteer as an aid worker. A few weeks later, he disappears and is never heard from again. A family grieves and is offered little hope--in the fog of that horrible time and place, the killer, too, has vanished.
Or so it would seem. For in a world that has forgotten right and wrong, there are few like Cal Dexter who can settle the score. And so, years later, a worldwide chase is on and Dexter begins to draw a net around the killer. But this time CIA agent Paul Devereux must find a way to stop Dexter before his quest for vengeance throws the world into chaos.
A heart-stopping novel of murder and mystery, double-cross and triple-cross, old loyalties and new hatreds, "Avenger "has all of Frederick Forsyth's page-turning trademarks.


Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Aug 2004
ISBN-13: 9780312997229
ISBN-10: 0312997221
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 340
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.37
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.24 x 0.94 x 6.78
Walmart No.: 0312997221

About the author

Biography of Forsyth, Frederick

Frederick Forsyth was born in Ashford, England on August 25, 1938. At age seventeen, he decided he was ready to start experiencing life for himself, so he left school and traveled to Spain. While there he briefly attended the University of Granada before returning to England and joining the Royal Air Force. He served with the RAF from 1956 to 1958, earning his wings when he was just nineteen years old.

He left the RAF to become a reporter for the Eastern Daily Press, Reuters News Agency, and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). While with the BBC, he was sent to Nigeria to cover an uprising in the Biafra region. As he learned more about the conflict, he became sympathetic to the rebel 'cause. He was pulled from Nigeria and reassigned to London when he reported this viewpoint. Furious, he resigned and returned to Nigeria as a freelance reporter, eventually writing The Biafra Story and later, Emeka, a biography of the rebel leader Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu.

Upon his return to England in 1970, Forsyth began writing fiction. His first novel, The Day of the Jackal, won an Edgar Allan Poe award from the Mystery Writers of America. His other works include The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, The Fourth Protocol, Devil's Alternative, The Negotiator, The Deceiver, The Fist of God, Icon, The Veteran, Avenger, The Afghan, and The Cobra.


Review by Library Journal (2003-05-15)

Unassuming attorney Calvin Dexter bumps around his empty suburban home, waiting for a chance to exact horrible revenge for wrongs done to him years ago. It's up to CIA Agent Kevin McBride to stop him.

Review by Library Journal (2003-09-01)

Colin Dexter is a small-town lawyer whose life has been devastated by tragedy-his daughter was murdered by kidnappers and his wife committed suicide. He responded by dedicating himself to avenging crimes. An idealistic young man has recently been killed by a Serbian warlord, who then disappeared. Though Dexter has retired from his life as an "Avenger", he is hired to find the warlord and bring him back. Dexter was never a killer; he has always brought criminals to justice alive.

A combat veteran and highly decorated "tunnel rat" in Vietnam, he may be over 50, but he is a tri athlete and is in excellent shape for the mission. Forsyth's books are always compared to his first novel, The Day of the Jackal, and Avenger compares most favorably; gripping, complex, and exciting, this is a well-written and thrilling tale of evil and retribution. Readers may want to compare Forsyth's Colin Dexter to Tom Clancy's John Clark or Lee Child's Jack Reacher, but Dexter stands firmly on his own. Recommended for all fiction collections.

-Robert Conroy, Warren, MI

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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