The crime of kidnapping is raised to a new level in the recently published novel Smoke by Jeremy Chester. The protagonist is coerced into kidnapping a very potent executive:  the kidnap victim is not only a former deputy director of the ‘Federal Bureau of Investigation, but at the time of the kidnapping, the president of a very large company specializing in security.

Smoke, the nick name given to the protagonist by the Department of Justice when he worked for them undercover, and is subsequently moved into the Federal Witness Protection Program due to his successes while working undercover, is devastated upon receiving an anonymous letter saying simply, ‘I know who you are’ at the very beginning of the novel.

Smoke is no ordinary undercover agent.  Before having been manipulated into the Witness Program, he had been a Marine reconnaissance platoon sergeant for two tours in Viet Nam, and was thus well trained in clandestine activity, including kidnappings, assassinations, and intelligence gathering.

Thus the treat of exposure is used to coerce him into a civilian kidnapping, in team with two others who have been outed and similarly threatened.  But of the three, Smoke is the man with the experience of kidnapping and holding hostages.

His problem is to find out who is running things, since all communications between his antagonist and his team are anonymous.  But he comes up with a solution for that, although not soon enough to prevent the kidnap and holding of the high-profile victim, leading Smoke to a very dangerous place.

The conundrum is that he believes that someone in the Justice Department of John Mitchell under Richard Nixon must be behind the diabolical plot, since who else would have access to the files of Witness Program protected men and women?

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