A CIA chief dies under suspicious circumstances before he can testify about a controversial government cover-up involving a terrorist attack on the US mission in Chechnya. Butch Karp is on the case in this exciting installment to Robert K. Tanenbaum’s bestselling series.
When the CIA director is murdered, Butch Karp finds himself battling a heavyweight opponent: the US government. The national presidential election campaign’s foreign policy mantra has been that the terrorists are on the run and Bin Laden is dead. There are rumors that the CIA chief was going to deviate from the administration version of events, and that the government may have had something to do with his death. Can Karp expose the cover-up and find the Chechnyan separatists who aided the Americans at the mission and who have firsthand knowledge of the terrorist attack? Karp must also find his missing daughter, who has been taken hostage by the terrorists.
After the New York grand jury indicts the national presidential campaign chairman and the NSA spymaster for the murder of the CIA chief, Karp engages in an unforgettable courtroom confrontation with the defendants who have the full weight of the US administration, a hostile judge, and a compliant media supporting them. These sinister forces will stop at nothing to prevent Karp from bringing out the truth, even if they have to resort to murder.
When the body of Lt. Gen. Sam Allen, the acting director of the CIA, turns up dead in a boutique hotel just off Times Square, Roger "Butch" Karp investigates, in Tanenbaum's provocative 26th legal thriller featuring the New York County DA (after 2013's Tragic). Eight days earlier, terrorists attacked a supposed U.S. trade mission in Chechnya, killing innocent people and seizing Karp's daughter, Lucy, a member of a secret antiterrorism group. Did agents of the current administration silence Allen to prevent the truth about the attack from going public? Butch and his family form a "team to confront, combat, and defeat evil," determined to find out. Meanwhile, sleazebag Rod Fauhomme, the American president's reelection campaign manager, is up to his fat neck in dangerous intrigues that grow to include several murders. Those outraged by how the government handled the 2012 debacle in Benghazi will find a lot to like.
Over the top
It's a suspenseful story, as his Karp/Ciampi books usually are. But at times, it reads like a diatribe that could have been written by the airheads on Fox News.
It's a very thinly disguised retelling of the Benghazi attack, moved to Chechnya. But Fox and Republicans have been firing blanks, as a dozen different investigations have determined.
Used to be guaranteed entertainment
I've read these books since the beginning. Perfect summer reading yet politically neutral - and even though I started to get sick of the poly lingual daughter who part times as super girl and the beautiful and brilliant and the perfect athlete twin boys (give me a break - their perfection is nauseating!) but this last book soured me off any future readings. Total diatribe going on. Too bad. Lots of detective/thriller good guy/bad guy stuff to read out there without the obvious agenda.