“Vicious Circle” by Wilbur Smith (Thomas Dunne Books, 448 pages, in stores)
Hector Cross was a military man.
He's now a security expert and married to Hazel Bannock, an extremely wealthy widow.
She's expecting their first child.
On her way home from the doctor's office, her car is deliberately broadsided and she is murdered.
Cross begins his search for vengeance and thinks it's the Somali warlord he battled earlier who has come back seeking revenge.
He gathers old comrades to help him in the hunt, but discovers the enemies are not just his, but Hazel's.
In a long and lurid back story, we discover who is really to blame and why.
The hunt takes Cross and his force to a castle on a hill in Kazundu, a small, poor country in Africa.
There the killers live in depraved splendor. An attack looks almost impossible.
Author Smith has written many fine books, but this hardly leads the list.
It's disjointed with graphic scenes of bloody killings, rapes, pedophilia and much more.
If you've never read Wilbur Smith, skip this one and start with his other excellent books.
If you're already a Smith fan ... well, you still might want to pass on this one.
for The Oklahoman