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A BookPage Book of the Day , January 2013
The famed creator of the iconic Law & Order television franchise brings his taut and trenchant storytelling skills to an utterly brilliant thriller debut—a tale so heart-stopping and full of twists that it is sure to become a classic.
Four days before the Fourth of July holiday and the dedication of the new Freedom Tower building at ground zero in New York City, five passengers and a flight attendant bravely foil the hijacking of a commercial jet over the Atlantic Ocean. Thrust into the national spotlight, “the Six,” as they are dubbed by the media, become instant celebrities. But iconoclastic New York Police detective Jeremy Fisk believes there’s more to the situation than an open-and-shut case of attempted terrorism. Fisk—part of the department’s Intelligence Division, a well-funded antiterror unit modeled on the CIA—suspects that this might just be a diversion, an early warning signal that another potentially more devastating attack is imminent.
Another passenger, a Saudi Arabian national, has disappeared into the crowds of Manhattan, and now it’s up to Fisk to find him before the holiday celebrations begin. Watching each promising new lead fizzle, chasing shadows to dead ends, Fisk and his partner, Krina Gersten, quickly realize that their opponents are smarter and more agile than any they have ever faced. Extremely clever and seemingly invisible, they are able to exploit every security weakness and anticipate Fisk’s every move—and time is running out.
Dick Wolf makes his literary debut with this extraordinary tale—a tense, driving drama reminiscent of the classic The Day of the Jackal—filled with the ingenious twists and high-wire action we have come to expect from this master storyteller.
“Dick Wolf has proven he’s a master storyteller in any form. The Intercept is gripping, telling, and timely. Bottom line: It’s a great read!”
“Fascinating, tense, and twisty—the real deal.”
“The Intercept is the hottest thriller of the year. Superbly written and amazingly intense, Dick Wolf has created an action-packed masterpiece. Picture Robert Ludlum writing for 24 and you’re only halfway there. Do not miss this incredible novel. Intercept yours ASAP!”
“Dick Wolf’s The Intercept is nail-biting, page-turning, twisty suspense. Warning: If you value sleep, don’t start this one late at night.”
“An adrenaline-fueled, ripped-from-the-headlines suspense novel, as befitting a renowned TV crime drama writer and producer. The Intercept goes where few thrillers have gone before…It does for the NYPD’s Intelligence Division what Thomas Harris did for the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit.”
Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author
“A thriller that grabs your attention on page one and holds it until the breathtaking ending. Jeremy Fisk of the NYPD’s Intelligence Division will enter literature’s Great Detectives Hall of Fame. I hope to see more of him…It’s a head above most War on Terrorism novels.”
Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author
“Wolf’s take on the American media’s obsession with celebrity, and the way these characters cope with it and with one another, provides some of the book’s finest moments…Wolf, an Emmy-winning screenwriter, director, and TV producer, is off to a promising start as a novelist.”
“Wolf, the master storyteller behind NBC’s four Law and Order series, makes a spectacular fiction debut with this gripping thriller…A pulsating plotline. Clever characters. Dramatic dialog. Surprising twists. All make for an edge-of-your-seat read that will have thriller fans eagerly awaiting the next series installment.”
“Wolf’s espionage and police-procedural hybrid combines the brainy suspense and unfiltered social commentary found in the best Law & Order episodes with perfectly calibrated action…Readers will be fascinated with the inner workings of the Intel Division, modeled on the CIA, and by the full-sensory description of New York.”
“Law & Order creator Wolf introduces NYPD intelligence officer Jeremy Fisk, who must unravel a tricky bombing plot cooked up by Osama bin Laden before his death…Storytelling pro Wolf knows how to ratchet up tension and sustain it until the end.”