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Terrorists storm into the crowded House of Representatives and open fire. Within minutes, more than a hundred members of Congress and staff lie wounded, dead, or dying on the floor of the nerve center of American democracy. The nation is shocked, the President is in hiding, the armed forces are on alert... But who perpetrated this horror, and why? Are the conspirators foreign? Domestic? A drug cartel? Right-wing militiamen? A foreign country? Perhaps even homegrown seekers of power? Dead terrorists can tell no ...
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Terrorists storm into the crowded House of Representatives and open fire. Within minutes, more than a hundred members of Congress and staff lie wounded, dead, or dying on the floor of the nerve center of American democracy. The nation is shocked, the President is in hiding, the armed forces are on alert... But who perpetrated this horror, and why? Are the conspirators foreign? Domestic? A drug cartel? Right-wing militiamen? A foreign country? Perhaps even homegrown seekers of power? Dead terrorists can tell no tales. Enter James Burlane bearing a commission from the President himself. A maverick former CIA agent, gourmet, wit, cynic, and patriot, Burlane asks the time-honored question, "Who profits?" The answers lead him to the heart of a conspiracy that threatens the integrity of the American government.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A thriller that opens with terrorists crashing into the House of Representatives and killing 124 of its members with assault-weapons fire, then fleeing in helicopters that unexpectedly explode, seems likely to be a page-turner. The odds escalate when its authors are seasoned crime novelist Hoyt (Japanese Game, 1995) and Abercrombie, whose position as a congressman (D., Hawaii) allows for an insider's take in the opening and other scenes. But the prose here is flat; the dialogue, which too frequently relies on lengthy, explanatory exchanges, is stilted; and the story presentation nears parody, with the action divided into bite-size, time-headlined segments that presume that every second counts ("8:18.35 p.m.; 8:18.40 p.m."). Despite the congressional carnage, moreover, the authors expend most of their moral outrage on issues of campaign financing. The hero, James Burlane, is too familiar as well (ex-CIA, he was sacked by the Company for "being an untrustworthy loner"). The villains aren't much more exciting, but at least they're kept offstage for a while, a wise move since figuring out who is behind the massacre-the Cali drug cartel is the main suspect-provides the only, albeit tepid, suspense. Abercrombie's understanding of Congress allows for some fresh local coloring, but he shouldn't give up his day job-and Hoyt should go back to the solo authoring he does so well. (May)
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Abercrombie, a congressman from Hawaii, teams with writer Hoyt (The Japanese Game, LJ 3/1/95) in this thriller about a group of terrorists who storm a House of Representatives session.
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Hoyt (Tyger! Tyger!, p. 160) shares his byline and series hero (James Burlane) with Congressman Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) in a gloriously over-the-top yarn about the mortal perils die-hard reactionaries with sociopolitical ambitions could pose to the US.

Shortly after the turn of the 21st century, terrorists armed with automatic weapons gun down over a hundred lawmakers gathered for an important vote on the floor of the House. The evidence suggests that Latino druglords worried about decriminalization legislation are responsible for the Capitol Hill massacre, and there's enthusiasm for a punitive war against Colombia. But Thomas Erikson, the Republican whose successful 1996 campaign put him in the White House, isn't so sure. Concerned that American investigators may be pursuing fall guys, he calls in Burlane, a resourceful CIA dropout who does odd jobs for a varied clientele. With a carte blanche from Erikson (who faces tough reelection battles), the former spook springs a lissome computer hacker known as Cyberfox from the federal pen she's been languishing in. Burlane picks up a trail that leads him to Lamar Gene Cooper, a wealthy Perot-like industrialist and founder of the New American Party, and to a band of GOP extremists who hope to replace the incumbent Chief Executive with one of their own. With help from Cyberfox (who can follow laundered money to the ends of the earth), Burlane eventually realizes that both the affluent populist and the right- wing extremists have been using superpatriots with special-forces skills to do their dirty work. He sets loose several cats among these ideological pigeons, with only partially conclusive results. While virtually all the villains have paid with their lives at the close, the militia mastermind who may have played everyone for a fool remains at large.

A tall millennial tale that could give Rep. Abercrombie's constituents some pause, albeit one that should prove right up the alley of Hoyt fans.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312861667
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Hoyt, a graduate of the University of Oregon, is a former fellow of the Washington Journalism Center and holds a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Hawaii. He served as U.S. army counterintelligence agent, wrote for daily newspapers in Honolulu, and was a stringer for Newsweek magazine. He taught journalism at the University of Maryland and at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Or.

Hoyt is the author of the John Denson mysteries, the James Burlane thrillers and numerous other novels of adventure, espionage and suspense including two under the pseudonym of Nicholas van Pelt. In researching and writing in more than two dozen countries in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, he has ridden trains across the Soviet Union and riverboats down the Amazon. He now lives in the Philippines.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2006

    Recommended for a good read.

    I would recommend this book as a good read for mystery lovers that enjoy twists and turns in their reading. Unfortunately the book seems to stop short at the end and feels a little openended but was a page turner up to the end. Written by a congressman and a journalist it is hard to believe the underlying politics and money matters are not true to life. If this is what are system is really like from an insider point of view - wow! The American population is really in the dark about how our government functions.

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