“Power Play” by Newsnight’s Gavin Esler (I’ll bet he hates being described like that) is a thriller about a US Vice President vanishing whilst on a visit to Scotland, and the British Ambassador to the US’s struggle to help find him. There’s nothing fancy about it, in that it is a solid thriller with a good story that will keep you reading to the end. Most of the American characters are thinly veiled versions of existing politicians, and Esler does have a tendency to use quotations or make observations which, although possibly fresh to non-political readers, would be old news to politicos.
It’s not Frederick Forsyth, but enjoyable, and I’d certainly read another. A holiday yarn.