Author – Nelson Demille
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted 10/1/16
John Corey – Retired NY City police detective, now a contractor for the Federal Anti-Terrorism Task Force.
Kate Mayfield- John's wife, FBI agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorism Task Force.
TWA flight 800- at the center of a debate as to how it exploded and crashed into the ocean, minutes after take-off.
I don't normally read and review stories by best selling authors. My wife is reading the Nelson Demille books and enticed me to read Night Fall, number three in the John Corey series. It's a good read and I recommend it, in spite of some reservations.
The story centers around the crash of TWA flight 800 on July 17, 1996. The author has taken the basic factual story and created conspirators with CIA and FBI agents engaging in a cover-up of the true reason for the plane's destruction and the loss of two hundred-thirty lives.
Demille's version is complex and fast paced. There is no exaggerated mayhem, just intense detective work by Corey as he delves into the case searching for clues missed or not destroyed by the federal agents. There is the threat of anticipated violence from the bad guys heading the cover-up, but Corey, with the help of his friends at the NYPD, manages to stay a step ahead of the antagonists and out of harm's way.
The plot centers on a rumor of the possible existence of a video capturing the actual destruction of the airliner. The problem is, if a video exist why hadn't it surfaced? Why would anyone withhold evidence that would lay to rest the conspiracy theory or prove what the government contends to be the truth was anything but? The antagonist claim there was a video, but the owners destroyed it because it showed them having sex on a secluded beach.
There is a good deal of repetition in the story as Demille often goes over where the investigation is at and the threat of being discovered by the antagonists until it became tiresome.
The issue that disturbed me the most was in the last twenty pages. Since Demille was writing about an actual crash he couldn't very well put forward the conspiracy theory as the truth. But the way the story was simply chopped off left too many unanswered questions; who did the antagonist represent, how high up in government did the conspiracy go, what happened to the missing video? The way Corey was left with no evidence, no witnesses and no antagonist to prosecute was too far fetched. A better way may have been to create a fictional flight and see the conspiracy through to the end.
All aspects of the writing are professional. Character development is thorough and time spent on research is evident.
The writing style is in first person and the main character is tough but witty.
Location and character details are well defined and added to the depth of the plot.
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