Bergen News reporter Chris Turley is tipped by phone about a potentially big story of political chicanery. But moments before he is to meet his anonymous informant, there is an explosion across the street, and Chris becomes an instant hero by rescuing five people from a shattered building. The explosion is assumed to be terrorism, and Chris appears on the Today Show 18 hours later. His story about the rescue is reprinted across the country. Soon other, random New Jerseyans die in blasts, and Chris realizes that his informant is also the brilliant and demented bomber. But who is he, and why is he doing these things? Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter novels are known for their breezy storytelling and humor. His first stand-alone, Don’t Tell a Soul (2008), offered fine suspense as well as some humor. This one eschews humor to focus on the actions of ordinary people faced with extraordinary trials. It also employs a whiplash plot turn that may strain credulity, but it’s still an engaging suspense tale.
What makes this thriller so frightening is that based on today's social and political climate, something like this could happen. Chris Turley is a reporter for a Bergen, NJ newspaper. His father Edward had been a star reporter for the same paper and was notorious for exposing bad people in the paper. Acting on a tip to meet a guy at a park with information about the Mayor, Chris goes there. As soon as he arrives a building blows up and Chris rushes in to try … more