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At dusk on July 17, 1996, on a deserted Long Island beach, a man and a woman engage in adulterous sex in front of a video camera. Suddenly a terrible blast lights up the dark summer sky. TWA Flight 800 has just exploded in midair with 230 on board, and the video camera has recorded the last moments of the doomed airliner.
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Five years later, the government has declared the crash a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

Kate, a career FBI agent, plays by the rules. Corey plays by no rules but his own. Against long odds and warnings from their superiors, they set out to reopen the case and discover its most crucial piece of evidence. The hunt will lead to a conspiracy at the highest levels and a race toward an elusive and lethal truth that could be even more horrifying than the crash of Flight 800.

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Warner, Nov 2004, 26.95, 483 pp.
ISBN: 0446576638

The night of July 17, 1996 on Cupsogue Beach, Long Island, Jill Winslow and Bud Mitchell videotape their reciprocated adulterous affair. As they begin to enjoy their illicit lovemaking, Jill looking up from her prone position notices a light rising towards a plane that abruptly explodes. Later they learn of the explosion of TWA Flight 800 over Long Island killing the 230 people on board.

Five years later, the Anti-Terrorist Task Force (ATTF) concludes mechanical malfunction though over two hundred credible people claimed they saw a rocket hit the plane. ATTF Agent Kate Mayfield, who made inquiries amongst the eye witnesses immediately after the explosion believes DC is covering up the truth though she has no idea. At a memorial service on July 17, 2001, she asks her spouse former NYPD Detective John Corey to investigate. As John begins questioning observers, he learns of the Winslow-Mitchell videotape that might show the rocket while the ATTF, CIA, FBI, NYPD, and a host of other alphabet types warn the duo to back off or else.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   stopping a saboteur/spy Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   evil subgroup in own govt

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes Europe    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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