"The video begins with the President walking toward a marine
helicopter . . ."
From a bluff overlooking Georgia's untamed Chattooga River, an assassin
fires three shots. The President of the United States is wounded; his
best friend and a Secret Service agent are killed. Two days later, a man
in Landover, Maryland, commits suicide and in the man's home is
overwhelming evidence that he was responsible for the assassination
General Andy Banks, the Secretary of Homeland Security, is nursing a
guilty conscience. Only days before the assassination attempt on the
President, Banks had received a note with a dire warning: "Eagle One is
in danger. Cancel Chattooga River. The inside ring has been compromised.
This is not a joke." The message - on Secret Service stationery - was signed "An agent in the wrong place." Banks immediately passed the note on to
Secret Service Director Patrick Donnelly, who proceeded to ignore it.
Even after the assassin is found dead, Banks is determined to dig a
little deeper. He turns to Speaker of the House John Fitzgerald Mahoney.
The Speaker has an under-the-radar, go-to guy he uses for things like this - things he can't afford to have connected to his office. The
guy is Joe DeMarco, an honest lawyer with a sordid family history.
After one meeting with Banks, DeMarco realizes he's in way over his
head. But Mahoney finds the prospect of taking down Donnelly
irresistible and sets DeMarco on a trail that twists through the Secret
Service, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security and snakes all
the way back to one of the more enduring mysteries of the twentieth
Brimming with suspense, authenticity, and wit, The Inside Ring
marks the debut of a major new talent and introduces a cast of
intriguing characters with many more cases ahead.
The bad guys are sufficiently evil, the plot properly labyrinthine, the solution to the mystery completely satisfying. This is high-level entertainment from a writer who could soon rise to the top of the thriller heap.
Booklist - David Pitt
The author, who was an "independent contractor" for the U.S. Navy, seems to know what he's talking about; and clearly DeMarco is being positioned as a series lead. So far so good.
A fresh and entertaining thriller about plots and corruption in places low and high.....Tight and engaging story, sharp writing and dialogue that's good to the last line.
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