Forge, Nov 2001, 24.95, 254 pp.
Eighteen months have passed since he even seen a picture of his baby Jade let alone talked with his wife Carolyn and their three-year-old child. However, Charlie Wolf knows his work as a cop deeply undercover is almost over. The raid on the Sons of Fire motorcycle club begins shortly and that will end the major manufacturing and selling of illegal methamphetamines. The problems for Charlie are that he is hooked on meth, but worse than that he that he and the club president Ray Sasso are friends.
The raid goes down, bullets are exchanged between the cops and the illegal drug distributors, but a high Charlie errs, ending with a bullet in the brain. Removal will mean death so he must learn to live with a piece of ammo that activates psychotic nightmares due to its lobe locale. After a few mental episodes Charlie begins to believe that only Ray can free his mind while Ray knows Charlie betrayed him.
LAST DAY is a thriller that never slows down from start to finish. Readers will commiserate with Charlie even as everyone will find Ray as a likable family man and detest the DA's lack of ethics to obtain a conviction. Some members of the audience will feel shortchanged as Richard Sears has written an action/psychological thriller that engrosses those readers whom accept the psychological incidents that make up much of the action.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner