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The Assassination of Robert Maxwell: Israel's Superspy Hardcover – 7 Nov 2002
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Gordon Thomas is an experienced author whose work includes fiction (Godless Icon) and non-fiction (The Jesus Conspiracy, Gideon's Spies). Martin Dillon is recognised for non-fiction (The Shankill Butchers, God and the Gun.)
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Why? - damage limitation. It is as good a way as any of both muddying the waters and diverting attention from substantial evidence that it was in fact MI6 who had Maxwell killed. A book review is not the place to marshall such evidence but careful Googling of 'Georgi Markov + Mercia MacDermott', together the rhetorical question "which security service do the surviving Maxwells really fear?" should lead you to place this book in its proper category - 'expert, officially sanctioned disinformation'.
Well written and once you start its hard to put down.
The thesis is interesting but not very likely. The authors use every trick they can muster to make it sound credible, but they fail. I found the whole tale utterly unconvincing. Maxwell could easily have used Mossad contacts and information to place massive pressure on Bankers to lend money - after all, he was a known bully who did not take prisoners. He may have gone further, pressurizing Mossad to help directly, but Maxwell would know that Mossad is not the kind of organization that takes kindly to blackmail. Any blackmail attempt by Maxwell would be effectively countered by a threat to immediately pull the rug from under Maxwell's banking arrangements and if necessary a threat to ruin or kill Maxwell or members of his family. Threats that Mossad could very credibly make. Why bother to actually kill him?
You are left with the idea that the authors believed Mossad killed Maxwell but had absolutely no idea why. It's hard to justify an allegation of assassination without providing a credible motive. I don't think a shred of credible evidence is offered in this book to support the central thesis.
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