In our ever-shrinking world, it seems that religion, politics and even relationships are becoming intertwined. But THE BLUE WIDOWS makes one consider that perhaps they always were inextricably connected.

In this political thriller, Danielle Barnea and Ben Kamal are teamed again to track down terrorist leader Layla Aziz Rahani. Barnea heads the Israeli National Police, and her partner, Kamal, is a Palestinian-American.

Their target, a wealthy and fanatical Saudi, seeks to fulfill a religious prophecy to bring about the End of All Things.

The plot moves at a fast and somewhat confusing pace as Barnea and Kamal hop from one locale to the next, and from one mission to the next, without a lot of explanation to help along those new to the series. An additional note for the squeamish or faint-of-heart: The body count is on a par with the average Schwarzenegger movie. (Mar., 384 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kim Colley