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The Black Sun

(2006)
(The second book in the Tom Kirk series)
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James Twining's The Black Sun triumphantly proves that his impressive debut novel, The Double Eagle, was no fluke--this second outing for his engaging protagonist Tom Kirk is actually more assured than the first one, and is proof that the gameplan created by the author for his character is spooling out very nicely indeed.

A whole year has passed since art thief Tom Kirk made a resolution to abjure his criminal activities. But--it goes without saying--he finds himself unable to entirely leave his old life behind (after all, Twining would have no book in that the case). Three major art thefts occur, while in London a survivor of the death camps is killed in hospital. His murderers have removed a grisly relic from the crime scene: the dead man's left arm. Soon, Kirk finds himself drawn into a mystifying (and highly dangerous) situation, with yet another element complicating the already labyrinthine plot: a gang has broken into the NSA museum and made off with a decoding machine.

Crime and thriller aficionados often play the game of defining those two genres, and while there are significant crimes in Twining's highly entertaining novel, it's the thriller format's international dimension that adds an extra vigour, an element Twining exploits with the brio that marks out the very best thriller writers. One senses a certain Dan Brown syndrome here (and that probably won't do James Twining's sales any harm), but he remains very much his own man, and if Brown has virtually hijacked certain thriller motifs, that's no reason for other novelists not to utilise them -- particularly when they are as well handled as they are in The Black Sun.

--Barry Forshaw

Genre: Thriller

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Hardback Editions

December 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Black Sun
Author(s): James Twining
ISBN: 0-06-076214-4 / 978-0-06-076214-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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April 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Black Sun
Author(s): James Twining
ISBN: 0-00-719016-6 / 978-0-00-719016-4 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

November 2007 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Black Sun (Tom Kirk Series)
Author(s): James Twining
ISBN: 0-06-076221-7 / 978-0-06-076221-6 (USA edition)
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November 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Black Sun
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ISBN: 0-00-719017-4 / 978-0-00-719017-1 (UK edition)
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April 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Black Sun
Author(s): James Twining
ISBN: 0-00-720641-0 / 978-0-00-720641-4 (UK edition)
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December 1964 : Paperback
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Audio Editions

October 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Black Sun
Author(s): James Twining
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October 2007 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Black Sun
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October 2007 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Black Sun
Author(s): James Twining
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October 2007 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Black Sun
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October 2007 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Black Sun
Author(s): James Twining, Kati Nicholl
ISBN: 0-00-726414-3 / 978-0-00-726414-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kindle Editions

March 2012 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Black Sun
Author(s): James Twining
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October 2009 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Black Sun (Tom Kirk Series Book 2)
Author(s): James Twining
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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