Books: Terrorists Take Over the Thrillers

Also, a Queen, a President, Manhattan and the North Sea

In real life, hostage taking, airliner hijackings and political assassinations are all too true to be good; but they make splendid fiction. Indeed, with a big assist from the headlines, the terrorist saga has become one of thriller literature's most prolific genres. This spring has exploded with more than a dozen heist-and-ransom adventures whose plots range from setting the North Sea oilfields afire to capturing U.S. nuclear plants. In one, a team of thugs heists Manhattan, no less; in another, Muslim-backed bullyboys hold Queen...

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