#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"Nelson DeMille at full tilt with another engaging, exciting, and impeccably researched thriller." - The Guardian
On a beach at dusk, while Bud Mitchell and Jill Winslow conduct their illicit love affair in front of a video camera set to record each steamy moment, a terrible explosion suddenly lights up the sky. Grabbing the camera, the couple make their getaway, as approaching police cars speed toward the scene.
Five years later, the fate of TWA Flight 800 has been attributed to a mechanical malfunction. But for John Corey and his wife Kate Mayfield, both members of the elite Anti-Terrorist Task Force, the case is not closed. Suspicious of a cover-up, they set out to find the one piece of evidence that will prove their theory-that at least two other people are determined to keep hidden: a videotape of the unbelievable truth.
Demille's latest is sure to be a #1 bestseller but it's also sure to be controversial. The book is centered on an investigation of the July 1996 crash of flight TWA 800, "when... a big Boeing 747 bound for Paris with 230 passengers and crew on board, exploded off the Atlantic coast of Long Island, sending all 230 souls to their deaths." In July 2001, Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force detective John Corey, a brilliant, smart-ass detective last seen in Plum Island and The Lion's Game, accompanies his FBI agent wife, Kate Mayfield, to the fifth anniversary of the disaster. John, whose wife worked the crash in 1996, understands that Kate has brought him along because she doesn't buy the official finding of "mechanical failure" and wants him to mount his own investigation. There are 200 eyewitnesses who swear they saw a missile lift into the clear night sky and bring down the airplane, a charge dismissed by the CIA as an optical illusion. Though Corey is warned away from the investigation, like any good fictional detective, this only serves to spur him on. He uncovers evidence that a man and a woman, on the beach that fateful night videotaping their adulterous affair, inadvertently caught on tape the missile hitting the plane. The book is primarily about John tracking down the couple, but as the end nears, readers will begin to understand the perilous direction in which Demille is leading them. The pages will turn in a blur as a feeling of dread grows, until the end comes and one's worst fears are confirmed. Readers will think about this one for a long time.
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Too good to put down.
This book kept me going. Enjoyed the twists in the plot and John Corey's wit. I was disappointed when I came to the last page and the book was over. Can't wait to pick up the next book in the series.
Fun to read
DeMille takes historical events and takes you on a journey through a very believable set of circumstances to arrive at a new place, different from where you were before reading this story. Loved it!
I love Nelson Demille, and this certainly didn't disappoint. The ending left my jaw on the floor. I can't help but feel that Mr. Demille was trying to share some personal convictions in this book, and I wonder if this piece of contemporary literature won't be read in future classrooms as a way to peer into the inner workings of our modern day government.
I LOVED IT
Keep on writing Nelson!