Synopses & Reviews
With each riveting new thriller, author G.M. Ford garners more critical praise for the breakneck, revved-up, nonstop style that has catapulted him into the upper echelon of contemporary crime writers. Now he returns with his most harrowing novel to date based on an incredible but true unsolved case as he plunges his dark and complex protagonist, disgraced journalist Frank Corso, into a lethal morass of revenge and conspiracy.
The nightmare began a year ago with the curious and unfortunate death of a delivery driver blown to pieces. With a little prodding from the media, the terror spread, burning a bloody swath from East Coast to West.
Bodies are piling up as a series of deadly bank robberies rocks the L.A. area. Where federal agencies see nothing but the random hand of a bomb-tossing lunatic, rogue journalist turned bestselling author Frank Corso sees the tracks of something more sinister something with a motive and a message. And it's not going away.
Forced to work within the system, Corso and research assistant, Chris Andriatta, are nevertheless ready to pull out all the stops to halt a time bomb of terror. But the closer they come to a maniac, the more a shocking and devastating truth comes to light that the fuse to the horror that has killed many times over and will kill many times more may have been inadvertently lit by Frank Corso himself.
G.M. Ford delivers an edge-of-your-seat thriller that's gritty, harrowing, timely, and explosive as past and present, fact and fiction crash head-on. You will be...blown away.
"In the gritty sixth Frank Corso novel (after 2005's No Man's Land), Ford makes clever use of an actual 2003 unsolved case to create a pulse-pounding plot capped by a dramatic and chilling ending. Corso, an investigative journalist whose promising career was derailed by a scandal, is sent by his publisher to a small Pennsylvania town to solve an unusual cold case. In an attempted bank robbery, a seemingly innocuous local, who presented his demands for cash with a bomb strapped around his neck, died when the device exploded. Corso is uninterested in the assignment until his initial inquiries lead to attempts on his life. The case takes on a whole new dimension when similar crimes begin to occur on the West Coast, leading the federal authorities to take a keen interest in the reporter's discoveries. While the eventual revelation of the motive behind the crimes is a little disappointing, this doesn't detract from the overall impact of this well-written and paced thriller." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Frank Corso tackles the most incendiary case of his career in this explosive tale from the author of No Man's Land and Red Tide.
About the Author
G.M. Ford is the author of five previous, widely praised Frank Corso novels, Fury, Black River, A Blind Eye, Red Tide, and No Man's Land, as well as six highly acclaimed mysteries featuring Seattle private investigator Leo Waterman. A former creative writing teacher in western Washington, Ford lives in Seattle and is currently working on his next novel.