“Dynamite” —Publishers Weekly
Ike Singer is a demolitions expert, or "master blaster". He is second to none at his craft, knows every type of explosive known to man, and is the one everyone turns to when they need a safe, controlled explosion. Despite being at the very top of his profession, a personal mistake that led to catastrophe nearly brought Ike's life to ruin. He has spent every day since atoning for that sin and trying to piece his family back together. And after a great deal of work and soul-searching, Ike believes he has finally moved on.
Just when he believes he has found peace, Ike is targeted by a brilliant psychopath bent on systematically destroying his life. But Ike isn’t some random target: this grudge runs deeper than a landmine’s crater. Ike must use every resource in his arsenal to prevent this killer's vengeance, and be willing to sacrifice everything to save his family and his life before the timer hits zero. Because just when you think the past is behind you, you realize the fuse has been lit this whole time...
Vincent Zandri is one of the most acclaimed thriller writers working today, and in The Detonator he offers his most suspenseful, shocking, and explosive novel yet.
This dynamite standalone from Thriller Award winner Zandri (Orchard Grove) pits demolition expert Ike Singer against Alison Darling, an assistant professor at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany, N.Y., where she's studying "major-league explosions created by very small explosives." Alison, who's the daughter of Ike's former partner, seeks revenge on Ike because she blames him for her father's suicide in 1999, the mental breakdown of her mother (with whom Ike had a brief affair the same year), and the subsequent abuse she suffered in foster homes. To frighten Ike, Alison plants a series of small bombs, targeting a judge, a priest, and a Planned Parenthood director, as well as some Albany landmarks. The tension mounts as Alison threatens to kill Ike, his wife, and their 19-year-old son, whose progeria makes him a vulnerable target, as painfully as possible. Zandri makes the most of this thriller's one sustained note.
Wow...Couldn’t put it down!
This is by far one of Mr. Zandri best works. A lot of reviewers write, “ I couldn’t put it down” about books; but I mean this one. The Detonator, was non stop action, and a fantastic ending. I am a fan of Mr. Zandri, and even more so now.
Do yourself a favor, buy this book, start reading, and make sure you don’t have anything else planned for the day.