In Thailand, two men hire some modern-day pirates to hijack a Russian freighter. The heist is easy, and the ship sails, undetected, toward the western coast of North America.
On the Bering Sea, the U.S.S. Sojourner Truth, a Coast Guard cutter, patrols the Maritime Boundary Line. The seasoned crew, dealing with a high volume of ocean-going traffic, is finding that choppy seas are making their efforts even more difficult.
In Washington, D.C., a CIA analyst traces the sale of black-market plutonium. He realizes that a terrorist attack is under way on a valuable target. He also sees that the Sojourner Truth is sailing into the attack — putting his estranged wife, the ship's second-in-command, at the heart of an international crisis.
Thus the plot of Dana Stabenow's "Blindfold Game" (St. Martin's Minotaur, $23.95) unfolds. Unforeseen twists and an end game that is international in scope combine to make the novel an unpredictable and engrossing thriller.