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A book by Dick Holt

A patient mysteriously disappears from a gender modification clinic in San Francisco. Clinic employees are found murdered in their homes except for one frightened nurse who is fortunate to encounter a sympathetic senior citizen, Jan Richter, a retired … see full wiki

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Author: Dick Holt
Publisher: Isle Publishing
1 review about Pull

Female James Bond saves the day ... and she's a senior citizen!

  • Oct 10, 2008
Since I enjoy the suspense of thrillers, it's no surprise that I loved this unusual novel by author Dick Holt. Pull borders on horror because of the outrageous method of punishment chosen by the King of the fictitious country of Abustan to execute a known terrorist who has murdered members of his family. The killing is to be a public event, more horrible and hideous than any held in ancient days in the Roman Colosseum.

Jan Richter, the main protagonist, is a remarkable senior citizen. A semi-retired CIA operative, she reminds me of a female James Bond with her skills, wit, dexterity and "that certain flair." A fully-defined, admirable character, Richter comes to life in this book, even as the reader roots her on.

Pull opens with Richter near her California home, thinking about her past life as a sniper in Russia and of her later CIA assignments; she's always in hiding because foreign and U.S. agencies would have no qualms about killing her because she "knows too much" ... too many top secrets.

When a patient mysteriously disappears from a gender modification clinic in San Francisco where all the employees were murdered--except one lucky nurse--Richter is called into the case. As she unravels the clues, aided by other top-secret CIA operatives, the execution day of the terrorist draws ever nearer. The big event becomes a media circus, gaining international attention, with bets being taken on certain aspects of the minute details of the death. Big business! Big money!

But does the vengeful king really have the right man in jail in Abustan? If so, then who is trying to find the nurse ... trying to kill her? And why? What does she have that they want? Will Richter be able to save her and find the missing patient? Why is the missing patient so important to this intricate plot, anyway? And will Richter be in time to save the condemned terrorist, if, indeed, he is the wrong man, one willing to be a martyr for "the cause?"

But the ultimate question is: Will our female James Bond live to win another battle against injustice? Of course, she will, but you'll have to read for yourself to find out how close she comes to losing it all.

Author Dick Holt has woven together a gripping plot, one that kept me turning pages well into the night. He's an excellent writer with a smooth, easy-to-read style, and knowledgeable in his chosen genre. He lives in Southern California where he's working on his seventh fiction thriller. I, for one, hope he uses the larger-than-life character of Jan Richter in future novels. She's a real class act and a great model for female seniors. Go, Jan!

Reviewed by: Betty Dravis, 2008
author of 1106 Grand Boulevard

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