Harper Collins, £12.99

FBI agent Jennifer Browne is dispatched to Europe to try to track down notorious art thief Tom Kirk, who is suspected of a daring heist at Fort Knox in which fabled coins, including the 1933 Double Eagle, were stolen.

For Browne, a young agent, this is a must-crack case to resurrect her already damaged career. And the suspicion couldn't come at a worse time for Kirk, a former agent now on the run, who is planning his retirement from criminality.

However, in another twist to the case, Kirk's 'Uncle Harry' is murdered and he is framed for the heinous act. This urge to avenge his friend's death, and an offer to clear his record, spurs him on to co-operate with Browne.

Meanwhile, on foot of a threat on his partner-in-crime's life, from arch-criminal Cassius, Kirk carries out one last robbery – and discovers that all is not what it seems.

At first glance, The Double Eagle appears to be just another run-of-the-mill trans-Atlantic FBI crime novel, and the first 50 or so pages of the book do nothing to dispel this impression.

However, get past this and Twining really seems to get into the story, with its intricate, twisting and turning plot line, using nice turns of phrase.

'The Double Eagle' is James Twining's first novel and he is already working on the second Kirk adventure. This book does enough to provoke an interest in the further exploits of Tom Kirk.

Joanne Ahern