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Haynes's compelling first thriller takes familiar elements—a mysterious airplane crash, a bent FBI agent, a deadly female spy—and mixes them with the world of National Transportation Safety Board aviation disaster investigations. When pathologist Leonard Tommy Tomzak, who's attending a Portland, Ore., medical conference, sees a TV report of a nearby jetliner crash, he rushes to the site via helicopter. There Tommy takes charge of the investigation, though he quit the NTSB a few months earlier in a huff. As other NTSB personnel (known as crashers) make their way to the crash scene from around the country, Tommy and his local crew secure the site. The forensic details fascinate but aren't for the weak of stomach. Haynes (Sacrifice Playand two other mysteries as Conrad Haynes) nicely integrates several subplots involving terrorism. The slam-bang crash landing of a conclusion will leave readers anxiously awaiting the promised sequel.100,000 first printing. (June)
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ISBN-10:  0312599889
ISBN-13:  978-0312599881
Author:  Dana Haynes
Publisher:  Minotaur Books
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review by . October 24, 2010
Crashers is the fascinating story of a "go" team from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that sets out to determine the cause of an airplane crash. Based on fact, this is a novel of suspense that is deeply interesting and I learned a lot about the way that crashes are investigated.      Author Dana Haynes is very good at creating believable characters. I especially appreciated the strong women in the book, such as Kiki, who is a sound analyst, and Daria, …
review by . May 16, 2010
Via the Amazon Vine review program, I selected a copy of the book Crashers by Dana Haynes for review. This thriller has an element that I haven't encountered in my reading before... the investigation of an aircraft accident by the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB for short. And the fact that the author sets the story in Portland, Oregon (the city I live in) didn't hurt in my decision-making process, either. What I ended up with in Crashers was a fun thriller that kept me turning pages …
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