Frank Pagan, a policeman in disgrace, is assigned to bodyguard a not-very-important Russian official on a not-very-important trip to Edinburgh. When he is shot point blank, for no discernable reason, the trail leads Pagan to a tangled conspiracy. Thissatisfying 490 page "page turner" keeps you guessing till the end.
The mazurka is a stylized Polish folk dance in triple meter with a lively tempo that has a heavy accent on the third or second beat. Its folk origins are the slow kujawiak and the fast oberek. It is always found to have either a triplet, trill, dotted eighth note pair, or an ordinary eighth note pair before two quarter notes. The dance became popular at ballroom dances in the rest of Europe during the nineteenth century. The Polish national anthem has a mazurka rhythm but is too slow to be considered a mazurka(wikipedia).
This is not a book for the faint-hearted.A strong adult male read. As all of this author's books are. A communist leader is murdered and of course not all is as it seems. Written some while ago, suddenly this book is very much up to date. For any men who enjoy a good thriller, this author is for them.
from the back cover:
For Frank Pagan of Scotland Yard, it begins with the daylight murder of a Russian at crowded Waverly Station, Edinburgh, Scotland. From that moment on, Pagan's life becomes an ever-darkening nightmare, as he follows the thread of a brutal murder everyone wants to forget. With the help of Kristina Vaska, a beautiful and muysterious Estonian with a score to settle, Pagan makes an incredible discovery: a terrifying international plot that extends into circles of power from Washington to Moscow......