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Bad Company is a competent, unmemorable example of the sort of thriller Jack Higgins can do almost without thinking. His usual characters--former IRA assassin Sean Dillon--and his various allies in British Intelligence and the London underworld--find themselves having to cope again with the consequences of earlier actions. German millionaire Berger and his illegitimate mafioso son Rossi are determined to avenge Kate Rashid, who was herself killed trying to take revenge for her brothers, whom Dillon killed for entirely good reasons of national security. Berger is, however, a more problematic enemy, since he was the last man out of the Berlin fuhrerbunker and is the repository for Hitler's genuine, and extremely compromising, diaries. Specifically, he is the man who can prove that there were peace negotiations between the Nazis and the father of the current US president. There is intelligence here, and some superficial expertise about stunt-flying, but far too much of the plot is a recycling of elements Higgins has found reliable in the past. This is one for his many committed admirers rather than for new readers. --Roz Kaveney [via]