Delacorte, Oct 2004, 24.00, 384 pp.
NYC firefighter Captain James McCaffrey is one of the fallen heroes who died trying to save lives during the tragic collapse of the Twin Towers. James had a heroic history with the department before his death; however reporter Harry Randall paints a darker side of the fallen hero. He insists that two decades ago, James and his six Staten Island compatriots probably killed a stepson of a mob kingpin; one of them, Mark, went to prison.
The four survivors of the seven rally to protect their deceased childhood leader's reputation. The final foursome look back at what happened, but soon begin to wonder why James consistently and anonymously gave money to the family of Mark. Could James have been paying off blackmail, guilt or could he be simply taking care of a friend?
The multiple perspectives, which include flashbacks adds complexity, but makes it difficult to keep track of who thinks what of James.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner