Saturday, June 14, 2014

{Review} THE EXECUTION by Dick Wolf

ISBN #: 978-0062064851
Page Count: 352
Copyright: January 7, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

NYPD Detective Jeremy Fisk—introduced in Law & Order creator Dick Wolf’s New York Times bestselling debut The Intercept—must stop an assassin in the pay of a shadowy cartel in The Execution, a tense thriller that superbly blends suspense, politics, intrigue and high-flying action in the tradition of Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, and Robert Crais.

Ten days after the Mexican presidential election, twenty-three bodies are discovered beheaded on the United States border, each marked with a carving of a Hummingbird. Detective Cecilia Garza of the Mexican intelligence agency recognizes it: it is the signature of an assassin called Chuparosa. Garza has been pursuing the killer for years, yet knows little about him, except that he’s heading to New York—with the rest of the world.

It’s United Nations Week in Manhattan and Jeremy Fisk can’t let grief over a devastating loss keep him from safeguarding his city. Complicating matters is the startling news of a mass murder in nearby Rockaway—and the arrival of a disturbingly beautiful and assertive Mexican cop.

To have a chance at finding Chuparosa, these uneasy allies must learn to work together and fast. As they soon discover, there’s more to this threat than meets the eye—and that justice is not always blind.

Mandy's Review:

One of the risks of a television show creator writing a novel is that you wonder if some of the details will be lost. Will he forget this is a novel and not a television show? Will too much be left to the reader's imagination? Well, no need to fear, fellow readers. Dick Wolf is a master at writing a television series as well as novels.

THE EXECUTION continues Jeremy Fisk's story. This book could be read by itself, but then you wouldn't have the background as to why he's seeing a psychiatrist and is on desk duty. THE EXECUTION does hint to what happened in THE INTERCEPT, but to fully know what happened it's best to read THE INTERCEPT. If you don't care about that kind of thing, though, you can certainly read THE EXECUTION by itself. I'm just the type of person that I hate to start a "series" out of order.

To give you some insight to these characters, let me start with Jeremy. He's a bit of a renegade. He knows the rules and he'll abide by them, but only if they don't interfere with a situation he deems more important. His boss gives him some leniency, but I think he feels that Jeremy's starting to take advantage of his niceness. Personally, Jeremy's a little distant ... and rightfully so. Like many of us, though, he deals with his despair and sadness in his own way. Depending on what day it is, it seems to work fairly well.

Cecilia has made herself into one tough cookie. Coming from a wealthy family is one strike against her, but when she wants to join the federales, well, her being female is a second strike. Her career may have been easy, but she won't allow herself to become corrupted with bribes. Many would say this is the third strike against her, especially in a land where cartels rule. It's one of these cartels that takes her to America and in the path of Jeremy Fisk.

Both Jeremy and Cecilia are hard-headed, obstinate, stubborn, and set in their ways. Can they come together to solve this latest series of murders?

As I mentioned: Dick Wolf knows how to write a novel. If you're looking for a new action-thriller writer, then give Dick Wolf a try. I seriously doubt you'll be disappointed.

*A physical copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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