1973 The 16th Jonas Forbes ThrillerMarch 1973 and the Watergate Scandal is drifting over into public outcry. President Nixon struggles to avoid exposure of a decade’s misdeeds. A tension-filled Washington may not be the best place to be. An English diplomat, Peter Northwood, is murdered - surely by mistake. Jonas Forbes, notorious for his ‘direct approach’ to solving crime, is sent by the UK Foreign Office to help the MPD and FBI in their competitive investigations. But he’s certainly not a welcome addition to the investigation and soon realises he can trust nobody.Quickly he’s sheltering a witness from the Mafia. But is information being leaked from the MPD or the FBI – or both? Certainly a hitman is in desperate pursuit – knowing failure will mean his own death. Fearing betrayal the Trafficante capofamiglia orders a thorough ‘spring-clean’ to be carried out by the subordinate Gibellina famiglia.Meanwhile, within the Gibellina famiglia trouble opens up a second front. Vespasianu, heir apparent to the crown of capofamiglia, is more ambitious than his consigliere father, ready to use both his sister, Cettina, and extreme violence to further his ambitions. Cettina is determined to strike back and looks for help both inside and outside the famiglia. What can induce Jonas to offer her help? Will betraying Peter’s murderer prove enough? How can she pit him against her brother without destroying her family?Jonas disappears - to the irritation of the MPD and FBI, the alarm of the Gibellinas and the despair of friends and family back home. Who will come out on top?A fast-paced and violent thriller set against a political system in crisis.