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Westwind / Ian Rankin.

By: Rankin, Ian.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: London, England : Orion Fiction, 2019Copyright date: ©2019Description: 288 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781409196051 (paperback).Subject(s): Great Britain. MI5 -- Fiction | Great Britain. MI6 -- Fiction | United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- Fiction | Secrecy -- Fiction | Artificial satellites -- Fiction | Conspiracies -- Fiction | Missing persons -- Fiction | Women journalists -- Fiction | Military surveillance -- FictionGenre/Form: Action and adventure fiction. | Thrillers (Fiction) DDC classification: 823.914 Summary: After his friend suspects something strange going on at the launch facility where they both work - and then goes missing - Martin Hepton doesn't believe the official line of "long-term sick leave"... Refusing to stop asking questions, he leaves his old life behind, aware that someone is shadowing his every move. The only hope he has is his ex-girlfriend Jill Watson - the only journalist who will believe his story. But neither of them can believe the puzzle they're piecing together - or just how shocking the secret is that everybody wants to stay hidden...
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

It always starts with a small lie. That's how you stop noticing the bigger ones. After his friend suspects something strange going on at the launch facility where they both work - and then goes missing - Martin Hepton doesn't believe the official line of "long-term sick leave"...Refusing to stop asking questions, he leaves his old life behind, aware that someone is shadowing his every move.The only hope he has is his ex-girlfriend Jill Watson - the only journalist who will believe his story.But neither of them can believe the puzzle they're piecing together - or just how shocking the secret is that everybody wants to stay hidden... A gripping, page-turning suspense masterclass - experience the brilliance of the iconic Ian Rankin.

"The bigger the lie, the harder the truth is to believe..."

"The classic lost thriller - with an introduction from the author" -- cover.

First published in Great Britain in 1990 by Barrie & Jenkins Ltd.

After his friend suspects something strange going on at the launch facility where they both work - and then goes missing - Martin Hepton doesn't believe the official line of "long-term sick leave"... Refusing to stop asking questions, he leaves his old life behind, aware that someone is shadowing his every move. The only hope he has is his ex-girlfriend Jill Watson - the only journalist who will believe his story. But neither of them can believe the puzzle they're piecing together - or just how shocking the secret is that everybody wants to stay hidden...

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Publishers Weekly Review

First published in 1990 and long out of print, this sophomoric thriller from bestseller Rankin (the John Rebus series) opens at a ground tracking station in England, where technician Paul Vincent notices that Zephyr, Britain's latest spy satellite, has gone offline. In the U.S., the space shuttle Argos crashes, killing everyone aboard except for a British astronaut, Maj. Mike Dreyfuss. Could there be a connection? To keep the Zephyr fiasco quiet, the Brits seclude Vincent in a hospital, where he's soon on his deathbed; he manages a final utterance to his friend Martin Hepton: "Argos." Hepton subsequently realizes he's being followed and his life is in danger. Meanwhile, Dreyfuss is recovering in a hospital in the States, but is also being kept out of the public eye. Decent prose doesn't compensate for poor plotting. In a preface, Rankin admits the novel had problems, but finds some resonance with current events. That's a thin and unconvincing justification for this reissue, which does the author's reputation no favors. This one's strictly for Rankin completists. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary. (Jan.)

Kirkus Book Review

Rankin fans ready for a break from Inspector John Rebus' inimitably dour Edinburgh (In a House of Lies, 2019, etc.) will welcome this reprinting of a state-of-the-art high-tech international thriller from 1990.As the U.S. prepares to pull all its troops from Europe in a prophetic "America First" move, two apparently unrelated incidents provoke panic among the Brits who face abandonment by their partners in the historic special relationship. One is the period of 3 minutes and 40 seconds during which the satellite Zephyr goes dark, losing all contact with its monitors on the ground. Although it soon returns from the blackness, controller Paul Vincent is deeply shaken by the interruption. He shares his fears with fellow monitor Martin Hepton, and soon both of them are up to their floppy drives in danger. The other problem is more serious from the get-go: The space shuttle Argos crashes to Earth in the middle of a heretofore routine flight, killing all five members of the American crew and leaving only Maj. Michael Dreyfuss, the sole British participant, alive. Like Vincent, Dreyfuss instantly senses that the failure of the craft on which he's hitched a ride is only the tip of a much larger iceberg. And as subsequent events will quickly show, the two incidents are indeed only the most obvious nodes of an internationalor, more precisely, post-nationalweb of intrigue. Picking out the leading malefactors from a cast that includes military officers, career diplomats, agents of the American and British secret services, and the odd professional assassin who all look equally untrustworthy is less rewarding than uncovering the deep-laid and remarkably simple plan behind all the shenanigans. A bonus in this new edition is Rankin's refreshingly candid Introduction, which emphasizes the vicissitudes of his early career in a way that will either inspire wannabe writers or lead them to despair.A fast-paced blast from the pastand (who knows?) maybe the immediate future as well. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.