Picks and Pans Review: The President's Daughter

updated 09/22/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/22/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Jack Higgins

An American President with a skeleton in his closet is embroiled in nuclear blackmail when his secret (and illegitimate) daughter is kidnapped and held hostage by the Maccabees, an Israeli commando group with a modest demand: that the United States annihilate Iran, Iraq and Syria. The predicament offers a splendid occasion for the return engagement of a Higgins regular, one Sean Dillon, a roguish ex-IRA and ex-PLO mercenary who guides matters to their expected bang-up conclusion. Belfast native Higgins, a veteran novelist (The Eagle Has Landed), has enjoyed a life as adventurous as some of his characters. With plenty of old-fashioned intrigue, thrilling chase scenes and moral tough guys just on the edge of respectability, his latest book packs in the action and leaves sentiment behind. (Putnam, $24.95)

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