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      Kennedy’s Ghost
Gordon Stevens

It was the sort of day you remembered. Where you were when you heard and what you were doing; who you turned to and who you telephoned.This is not 22 November 1963, but now. This is 'KENNEDY’S GHOST', a nerve-shredding thriller of kidnap, conspiracy and assassination.Former SAS man Dave Haslam is hired to negotiate the release of a top banker being held to ransom in Italy. In America, Deputy Director Brettlaw of the CIA has dark reasons of his own to fear for the banker’s safety, while charismatic politician Jack Donaghue is striding ever closer to the White House … and the deepest secret of the Camelot years.Haslam, Brettlaw, Donaghue: three men on a collision course, on a switchback ride of intrigue and suspense, on the shocking trail of 'KENNEDY’S GHOST'.

GORDON STEVENS

Kennedy’s Ghost

COPYRIGHT (#)

Kennedy’s Ghost is a work of fiction. All of the events, characters, names and places depicted in this novel are entirely fictitious or are used fictitiously.

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First published in Great Britain by HarperCollinsPublishers 1994

Copyright © Gordon Stevens 1994

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Source ISBN: 9780006490029

Ebook Edition © SEPTEMBER 2016 ISBN: 9780008219352

Version: 2016-09-21

DEDICATION (#)

To Art Kosatka,

for introducing me to Washington DC

through the back door

and without whom this book

would not have been possible

CONTENTS

Cover (#u1f392ffb-1FFF-11e9-9e03-0cc47a520474)

Title Page (#u1f392ffb-2FFF-11e9-9e03-0cc47a520474)

Copyright (#)

Dedication (#)

Prologue (#)

Chapter 1 (#)

Chapter 2 (#)

Chapter 3 (#)

Chapter 4 (#)

Chapter 5 (#)

Chapter 6 (#)

Chapter 7 (#)

Chapter 8 (#)

Chapter 9 (#)

Chapter 10 (#)

Chapter 11 (#)

Chapter 12 (#)

Chapter 13 (#)

Chapter 14 (#)

Chapter 15 (#)

Chapter 16 (#)

Chapter 17 (#)

Chapter 18 (#)

Chapter 19 (#)

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About the Author (#)

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About the Publisher (#)

PROLOGUE (#)

It was the sort of day you remembered. Where you were when you heard and what you were doing; who you turned to and who you telephoned.

The assassin was in position at eleven, the cars which would steer the Lincoln into the killing zone at eleven-five. The truck which would break down in the left lane of the traffic lights, ensuring that the Lincoln would move to the right-hand lane, at eleven-six. The yellow sedan which would stall in front of the Lincoln by eleven-seven.

The senator’s flight from Boston was on schedule; his Lincoln, plus the man who would accompany him, already waiting. Twenty-five years before, Donaghue and Brettlaw had been undergraduates together at Harvard.

At eleven-fifty Donaghue would join his wife and daughters in his room on the third floor of the Senate Russell Building on Washington’s Capitol Hill. At one minute to twelve he would walk with them along the marble corridor to the historic setting of the Caucus Room. And at midday exactly, with his wife at his side and Brettlaw in the wings, Senator Jack Donaghue would formally announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the Presidency of the United States of America.

It was eleven-fifteen. In the Caucus Room the television cameras were in place and the lights ready, the cables running to the scanners outside. The walls of the room were marble, the slim Corinthian-style columns rising to the ceiling, and the ceiling itself was exquisitely decorated with four large chandeliers hanging from it. The windows on the side of the room facing the dome of Capitol Hill were wall-height, arched at the top and draped in purple. On the wall opposite them, on either side of the door leading into the hallway beyond, two plaques listed some of the events to which the Caucus Room had born witness: the 1912 enquiry into the sinking of the Titanic, the 1941–42 commission into the World War Two National Defense programme, the 1966 Fulbright hearings on the Vietnam War, the 1973 Watergate enquiry and the 1987 commission on Iran-Contra.

The platform from which Donaghue would declare was against the right-hand wall, flanked on the right by the Stars and Stripes of the Union and on the left by the flag of his home state of Massachusetts, two massive black and white photographs hanging on the wall behind and dominating the room.
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