Vince Flynn, Separation of Power
The third in a series of political thrillers starring CIA counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp, Separation of Power begins as the CIA welcomes a new director, Irene Kennedy. Though she has the confidence and blessings of President Hayes, Kennedy’s the target for many dissatisfied figures in Washington, including Senator Hank Clark, who would like to see her fail — or worse. Rapp, meanwhile, gets unwittingly drawn into the fray on a trip to Italy when a former lover and accomplice, Donatella Rahn, is shot. Rapp begins to trace her would-be assassins and finds connections with Israel and the CIA. Kennedy, meanwhile, is fighting for her political life as she uncovers intelligence from the Israelis linking Saddam Hussein to nuclear weapons stored in a Baghdad hospital. Rapp is brought in to help the military stage an intervention, help Kennedy keep her job and serve up swift justice to the corrupt power dealers behind the scenes who have their next target stuck on his back. Flynn’s conservative politics are on display as his hawkish characters seek to end terrorism at all costs but he paints a credible portrait of back-room dealings and ego trips gone psychotic in this complex, intricately plotted spy story.