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Crashers

A book by Dana Haynes

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Fascinating and surprisingly funny

  • Oct 24, 2010
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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, a former Mossad agent. These are women who contribute to the team effort on an equal footing with men, rather than helpless heroines who end up needing to be saved by the guys.

Unlike many page turners, this novel is very well written and despite the serious subject matter, it is quite funny in parts. Take this exchange, for instance: Susan, the NTSB team leader, is holding a press conference. She remarks, "I don't know how many of you know this, but we tend to think of Arthur Conan Doyle as the patron saint of NTSB. We're guided by his famous dictum, 'When the impossible has been ruled out, whatever remains, no matter how impossible, must be the truth.'" The book goes on, "As the press conference was breaking up, the devastatingly handsome anchorman for one of the local network affiliates walked up and flashed Susan his thermodynamic TV smile. 'Hi, quick question?' Susan smiled politely. 'We're always looking for experts who can appear on our newscast, to lend a little authenticity to the reports.' 'Yes?' said Susan. He flipped open a notepad. 'How do we contact this Arthur Doyle guy?'"

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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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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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