In the years since the events of The Odessa Connection, Isaac Menshive and Will McIntosh have settled into new and contrasting roles. Isaac, with his priorities firmly centred on his young and growing family in London, has taken a back seat in running the Menshive Trust, the vast and burdensome business enterprise he inherited. It is Will who oversees the trust’s day-to-day administration full-time alongside Isaac’s daughter Ruth, to whom he is becoming ever more attached.
As part of their researches, Will and Ruth discover that Isaac’s father, a university professor in New York who died under mysterious circumstances, had been working on his own ambitious project, based in the North Tower of the World Trade Center before the attacks of September 11, 2001. They call in experts to examine the Professor’s papers, including those scattered over the city when the towers collapsed, in the hope of learning more about his intentions. At the same time, Isaac’s grasping ex-wife and her two daughters suddenly come back into his life. Is this more than coincidence? Could they perhaps be in league with the sinister figures who have been harassing Isaac over the last several years?
The 9/11 Connection brings the story of Will and Isaac to a satisfying conclusion as it continues to develop the relationships between the familiar protagonists while introducing some highly colourful new characters. With the same flair for detail, psychological nuance and sophisticated geopolitical understanding as its predecessors, the novel displays an uncanny prescience about the current political situation in Eastern Europe.