I'm listening to Jack Higgins, Bloody Passage, and this thing is dated. Not only does everyone smoke and drink all the time -- I got no problem with that -- but the gay character is called an "it", the one woman is gross, the other woman, the sister, delicate and blind and incapable of caring for herself. The main character a jerk. (I imagine the gross woman will end up falling under his spell.) I don't mind alpha, to a degree, but this guy is an uber-cool, superhuman strong and a proficient pill. The whole smart-ass thing got old with Spenser, too, and he was usually funnier.
I've just done a few JR Ward books recently and they're the same kind of guy. Honestly, they strike me as one-note humans. They also smoke too.
It's not badly written, better than the Pattersons I've read.
I'm guessing this was written in the 70s. I have to check. be back. Umm. Whu? 1999? But it seems like the Soviet Union is still operating. Really? That recent.
I did like the start of the thing: he's being shot at and gets annoyed when the sharpshooter breaks the wine. I should wait it out a bit.