Lair of the Fox by Dan Pollock!
Pollock's first novel, a thriller in the terrorist/hostage sub-genre, is an exciting and entertaining debut. When Islamic Kurdish terrorists take a Hollywood film crew hostage, Welsh movie star and left-wing activist Amanda Morgan offers herself in exchange for the captives, presuming she will be treated with care by the Kurdish leader, the "Little Fox." What she does not reckon with is the presence among the terrorists of John Courage, a brutish British mercenary who has lusted after her for years whenever his brain is not besotted by alcohol or drugs. American diplomat Paul Cyrus, going underground to rescue Amanda, joins a KGB team chasing the Little Fox, since the terrorists have stolen several canisters of a new Soviet poison gas. Things come to a head in an orgy of violence on a small Greek island. Pollock sustains his fast-paced story with memorable secondary characters--a gentle monk living as a hermit on a remote cliffside, an aging constable whose most demanding confrontations prior to the arrival of the terrorists were with an occasional drunken tourist or indiscreet nudist. Written with authority, this is a classic, can't-put-it-down thriller.
Clive Cussler--"Lair of the Fox is as exciting tale telling as you'll want to read. The pace, the tension, the sheer intrigue are spellbinding. Great action. Dan Pollock is a bright new force in adventure writing."
New York Times Book Review --"A can't-put-down book."
Publisher's Weekly-- "Written with authority, this is a classic, can't-put-it-down thriller."
Ross Thomas (Two-time Edgar Award winning crime writer)--"An exciting journey to Istanbul and beyond in the company of some most intriguing characters.The suspense is unrelenting, the plot absorbing and, for an added bonus, the background is exceptionally well observed."
Los Angeles Times--"Smoothly expert."