Thursday at Noon
Thursday at Noon was originally a Joan Kahn Book published by in hardback by St. Martin’s Press and in paperback and foreign editions by Harlequin’s Gold Eagle imprint. It was reviewed in The New Yorker and many other places. This is a new edition, updated for e-book.
Cairo, 1962. Eddie Thomson was already having a bad day when somebody leaves a corpse lying on his back steps, its head on the top stairs, looking at him. Thomson is a burned out CIA Agent and the body belongs to Mahmoud Yussuf, a petty thief who tried to sell Thomson a stack of photographs from a top-secret army base in the Egyptian desert.
What was in those photos and what does it have to do with Moslem fanatics, Russian mercenaries, Nazi rocket scientists, a missing Israeli Mossad agent, and an Egyptian Armor Regiment that’s now gone missing. Dumped in Cairoafter an undercover operation in Damascus blew up in his face, nobody believes Thomson’s answers — not the Agency, the US Ambassador, Colonel Ali Rashid of the Moslem Brotherhood, and most assuredly not Captain Hassan Saleh, head of the Homicide Bureau of the Cairo Metro Police.
Thursdy at Noon is a fast moving action adventure story that could be straight off today’s front page. Under pressure from within and without, the slums of Cairo are a tinder box of discontent and the first faint whiffs of a military coup are in the air. With the help of Major Gregori Ivanov, a sadistic Russian mercenary, Colonel Ali Rashid and the Moslem Brotherhood want to take Egypt in a radical new direction. Thompson has five fast-packed days and nights to figure it out. He has until Noon Thursday, before it all blows up in his face.
It can be obtained in Kindle mobi format at http://www.amazon.com/Thursday-at-Noon-ebook/dp/B008AMSH00
In addition to the original novel, I have adapted that text into a screenplay, which has won or placed in a numbr of national screenwriting contests and is available for option.
Reviewer Comments on Tuesday at Noon:
The New Yorker, “A thriller in the purest cliffhanger vein… Mr. Brown’s technique is flawless. It could only have been learned by way of a thousand Saturday afternoon matinees.”
Publisher’s Weekly, “Writing in the vein of Forsythe and Follett, Brown has produced a fast paced thriller…”
Worldwide Library, Rave Reviews, “William F. Brown has written a mesmerizing tale… Brown is adept at making the unlikely seem all too real and Thursday at Noon is explosive, fast paced action.”
The Orlando Sentinel, “Brown’s novel is a rainy-day adventure with each chapter ending with a cliff-hanging ending.”
The Newport News VA Daily Press, “A thrilling tale of espionage. His novel never stands still for a second… An espionage thriller about a Cairo missile crisis you’ll want to read right through in one sitting… Brown ought to start writing the film script now.” (And he already has!)
The Virginia Gazette, “It’s the stuff of a real good read.”
IllinoisAlumni News, “A suspenseful, fast-paced novel involving spies, counterspies, and traitors…”