A book by Kay Scarpetta.
For the first time in a long and distinguished career of writing spellbinding thrillers, Nelson DeMille has built a novel around real life events - the horrific explosion of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island in the summer of 1996, the dubious official government conclusion of a mechanical failure as the cause and the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre on Sept 11, 2001.
FBI Special Agent Kate Mayfield was part of the enormous multi-agency team of investigators assigned to the crash when it happened in 1996. But she never truly swallowed the official verdict of mechanical failure and it has eaten at her psyche for five years. Her superiors have given her a clear official warning that the investigation is closed and to put her nose where it doesn't belong would be a mistake - a career limiting move of the worst kind. Of course, this has done nothing more than convince her of the existence of the existence of a sinister cover-up. How high that cover-up goes is anyone's guess! So on the fifth anniversary of the crash following a moving memorial service on the beach, Kate spills the beans to her husband - former NYPD detective, John Corey, and fellow member of the federal ATTF (Anti-Terrorist Task Force). She obviously knows her man. John Corey, authority phobic, loner, smart aleck and brilliant detective, is pathologically unable to ignore the bait that Kate dangles in front of his alert nose.
Corey's dogged pursuit of the truth leads him from the investigation of a missing video tape of the explosion to a climactic heart-stopping confrontation with the apparent principals of the entire cover up.
Obviously aware of the need to be sensitive to the facts of the deaths of the passengers of flight TWA Flight 800 and the horrifying terrorist destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Centre, DeMille has managed to brilliantly tread a tightrope. He has allowed John Corey's black humour full rein throughout "Night Fall" but has also ensured that his character has matured as a result of his marriage to Kate Mayfield. He has developed a sensitivity that is actually quite moving at times and, I'll warn you in advance ... if you don't have a lump in your throat and a pounding pulse at the end of this novel, then your heart is made of stone and you've got ice in your veins!
What a story! I can't wait for the next novel in the John Corey franchise. Like Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, these stories are going from good to better with every outing. Highly recommended.
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A book by Kay Scarpetta.
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