Television, politics, and the Russian mob: Live to Air is a riveting crime thriller, jam-packed with intrigue and unforgettable characters
Ethan Benson is a charming and principled—if sometimes difficult—television producer in New York City who detests doing crime stories. But that’s of no significance to his high-powered boss at the network, and Benson finds himself assigned to investigating a bloody shoot-out in the Meatpacking District, whose old grime and new glitz provide a symbolic background for a sensational murder that has dominated the headlines.
As he pieces together his story, Benson literally covers New York—from Central Park and Fifth Avenue to Little Russia in Brooklyn and Rikers Island in Queens—crossing paths with a fascinating cast of characters on both sides of the law. Unknown to Benson, organized crime may be only one facet of the thrilling investigation. With his wife and son in hiding and his life in danger, Benson draws closer to a resolution that will have explosive results for the criminals—and for some members of New York City’s political elite as well.
Grabs hold and won’t let go
“ Justice is the firm and continuous desire to render to each man[sic]the due process of the law”
Ethan Benson, semi burnt out television producer, hated the story that just got handed to him with ultimatums all over it: investigate the death of the deputy mayor’s eldest daughter around the agreement to also interview a very willing to talk, convicted for that murder gun for hire. In New York the strings attached to setting this up are annoyingly hard to do. Ethan knows this is probably his last chance to stay in the business he loves, so he calls in all his favors as the story takes him from Central Park to Little Russia to Rikers Island despite threats aimed not only at him, but at those he loves. Will it be worth it?
Jeffery L. Diamond has written an impactful, fast paced crime thriller I just had to finish. The story, albeit published in 2015, is as fascinating and compelling now considering the political climate we are living in as it was when it was written. Well worth reading and sharing. 5/5
Thriller With a Difference!
Live to Air represents something different in the arena of thriller writing in presenting the character of one Ethan, a New York TV producer who hates covering crime stories despite his network's preference for them. Assigned to cover a shootout, it's just the kind of work he despises - until unusual circumstances tweak his investigative curiosity and lead him on an unexpected journey.
What makes Live to Air a standout is its puzzle pieces, the fact that its investigator is actually an unwilling participants, and its story line, which is thoroughly steeped in NY City culture and areas (a fact that will delight any familiar with the Big Apple's neighborhoods and byways).
Where other thrillers fall short with too much predictibility, Live to Air offers the complexity of a family in hiding and a man's struggle with a myriad of issues. And where the typical thriller rests on genre devices, Live to Air poses some satisfying surprises. It's all about changing stories, changing lives, and suspense; all packaged into a gripping saga certain to delight even the most experienced thriller genre reader.