ISBN #: 978-0062068491
Page Count: 433
Copyright: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Harper; 1st Edition (Mass Market Paperback)
(Taken from back cover)
Dick Wolf makes his literary debut with this driving thriller reminiscent of the classic The Day of the Jackal, an extraordinary tale filled with the ingenious twists and high-wire suspense we have come to expect from this master storyteller.
Days before the July Fourth holiday and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident aboard a commercial jet reminds everyone involved that vigilance saves lives.
But New York Police Detective Jeremy Fisk - from the department's Intelligence Division, a well-funded anti-terror unit modeled upon the CIA - suspects that the event is a warning sign that another, potentially more extraordinary scheme has been set in motion. So when a passenger from the same plane disappears into the crowds of Manhattan, it's up to Fisk and his partner, Krina Gersten, to find him before the celebrations begin ... and time is running out.
For those of you who don't know, or who didn't look at the picture of the above cover closely enough, Dick Wolf is the creator of Law & Order. That was the main reason why I said "yes" to reading and reviewing his novels. We know the man can write an hour-long episode for television, but can he write a full-length novel with the same suspense and drama?
Jeremy Fisk is great at what he does. He's already proven himself to his superiors before this novel begins. Who we do get to meet for the first time is his partner, Krina. Jeremy pulls her in off the streets for a tactical assignment because she can work undercover and remain unassuming. Over the years, they form a romantic relationship and are able to keep it under wraps.
Krina always winds up with the crappy assignments because she's a woman. No doubt about it, her chance of gaining ground in the "all boy's club" is minimal. So when she's assigned as a "camp counselor" to The Six, the heroes of an attempted plane hijacking, she's pissed but she does her job well. It's this job, though, that causes Krina to seriously consider a job change after the current one is finished. Jeremy's not excited to hear about her potential career change and is trying to find a way to convince her otherwise.
Dick Wolf utilizes the familiarity of America's fear and concern of terrorism to write an emotional roller-coaster ride. There were many twists and turns, but they didn't pile on top of each other as some authors write them. This book flowed naturally and quickly, keeping my attention the entire time. Like the aforementioned roller coaster, you're in the middle of one twist and be just about out of it when you see another one coming at you from ahead. Very exciting and highly recommended. It's nice to know that Dick Wolf can write more than just an episodic television drama. I'm ready to read the second Jeremy Fisk novel, The Execution, and let you know my thoughts. Stay tuned!
*A physical copy of this novel was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.