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 to save possible survivors. This thrusts Chris into the media spotlight. Shortly after he receives the information from the informant (nicknamed P.T.) and is able to catch the Mayor in something illegal.
The amount of attention that Chris achieves now seems monumental and he appears on his way to eclipsing his father as a star reporter. What happens next is that P.T. is not the tipster he seems to be but is a serial killer that uses terrorist tactics to kill his victims. Somehow P.T. has focused on Chris as the one to cover his story.
People start dying in frightening manner like being blown up in their cars and killed by poison darts. Of course the police begin to think Chris fabricated the personna of P.T. and suspect that he may be the actual killer.
This is a tense thriller up to the end and Rosenfelt does another great job of deviating from his Andy Carpenter tales. I would have rated this book a solid five stars but there were a few obvious clues that Chris and the police are slow to catch on to, one involving an email.
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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.