Bakom novellen står Tom Cain, pseudonym för en brisbelönt journalist som sadlade om och blev författare. Han har fått mycket beröm för sina thrillers: The Accident Man (2007) och No Survivors (2008). Hans tredje bok Assasin har precis släppts i UK.
Huvudpersonen i såväl Cains böcker, som i novellen Bloodsport är den mystiska Samuel Carver.
Cain beskriver handlingen i den aldrig tidigare publicerade novellen så här
Samuel Carver is an angry man. The protagonist of The Accident Man, The Survivor, and Assassin, whose specialty is creating deniable assassination by means of unattributable “accidents,” has just discovered that one of his former brother officers in the SBS (Special Boat Service) has been killed in Afghanistan. The man died very horribly and painfully in the hands of the Taliban, lost for want of the helicopter that should have airlifted him to safety.
Suddenly, a situation that has long been a matter of principled outrage to Carver has become very personal. So he reacts in the way that he knows best. He decides to make a bad thing happen to what he believes is a bad person; the person he holds responsible for the death of his friend and many other fine soldiers, the prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
In the tradition of Rogue Male and The Day of the Jackal, Carver stalks his prey. In this case he does not choose the boulevards of Paris as his hunting ground, nor the hills and forests of Germany. Instead he goes to the hills of northern England, where the prime minister is taking his summer holiday.
Här följer länkar till de två första delarna av The Rap Sheets korta Bloodsport följetong. Tredje delen publiceras i morgon.