Both the author, Denison Hatch, and his protagonist, NYPD detective Jake Rivett, have gone from strength to strength. I enjoyed the previous Rivett adventures a lot, but this tops the three as the determined impulsive investigator goes from undercover cop as a screamo rock band lead singer to an unwitting front-page police celebrity hounded by the press.
A truck full of explosives detonates in Bryant Park in the biggest terror attack since 2011. Jake finds a clue that leads the police to the bogus licence plate maker and the driver of the truck. But Abdul Hayat was a successfully settled immigrant from Pakistan, and there is no sign of militancy or discontent. However, a video of Hayat repeating his mission instructions to a store clerk like a robot convinces Jake that he has been programmed.
Katinka Johanssen has a grudge against her former professor who was obsessed with mind manipulation. She posts video after video denouncing him, and Jake and his fellows start to be convinced that she may be on the right track.
This is more than a satisfactory rip-action thriller, the characters are real to me, too. A modicum of control has begun to influence this loose-cannon cop as he falls in love with, and gets engaged to, Mona, a previous suspect. Rivett’s relationships, with Mona, the members of his band the Mystics, and his fellow officers, are richly brought to life.
And the further good news is that I suspect that this won’t be the last we hear of Jake Rivett!