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Terminal Event: A Novel

Thayer, James S

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ISBN 10: 0684842106 / ISBN 13: 9780684842103
Verlag: Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1999
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Titel: Terminal Event: A Novel

Verlag: Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Erscheinungsdatum: 1999

Einband: Hardcover


Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine

Auflage: First Edition.

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Page-turning suspense with a shocker ending -- a spine-chilling thriller as fresh as today's headlines about a former National Transportation Safety Board investigator drawn back into action when he suspects a bomber has caused a ghastly aviation crash.

Never before has a novel explored the grimly fascinating world of NTSB crash investigators in such riveting, authentic detail. Opening with a grisly crash site scene, Terminal Event follows NTSB investigator Joe Durant on his hunt for clues. His search is obsessive: his wife was on the plane and died in the crash.

Desperate to find answers for his devastated fifteen-year-old daughter, Sarah, Durant sets out to prove that the aircraft was destroyed by an evil bomber. With others determined to blame the crash on pilot error, Durant painstakingly searches through the tiny metal fragments, twisted chunks of aluminum, scattered body parts, and charred bits of flesh and bone that will point him to the killer. His pursuit turns frantic when the bomber sends the investigators a taunting "signature" -- a fragment of the same kind of metal used in the explosive device, something only the bomber would know -- and promises to bring down another plane in ten days. Durant races to find the bomber before he can strike again.

Combining high-voltage suspense with the kind of steely reporting that made The Perfect Storm and Into Thin Air bestsellers, Terminal Event is a spellbinding, moving story of a man who rediscovers his soul in the single-handed pursuit of a monster.


If you're intrigued about what a plane-crash scene looks like, and how investigators go about collecting evidence, Terminal Event will provide the details. If you like personal stories about believable people thrust into strange and terrifying situations, you'll find that here as well. James Thayer is the kind of writer who catches your attention early and makes you identify with his characters completely.

Joe Durant used to be a top investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board. (When a cop remarks to him that he was an NTSB legend, Durant says, "We're all legends. Anybody who can work a crash site automatically becomes a legend. It's a nice benefit of the job.") But the job took its toll, and Joe left the profession to work for Boeing as an engineer. This career shift, however, didn't save his marriage; his wife walked out and Joe was left to raise his 15-year-old daughter on his own. One year after the split, Joe's wife returns for a visit--but tragically the plane she's taking from Sun Valley to Seattle crashes, killing everyone aboard. Filled with grief and guilt, Durant asks for his old job back, specifically to investigate this crash. As the FBI becomes involved, and fingers point at everyone from Idaho militiamen to warring drug dealers, Thayer never lets his careful prose go beyond the bounds of reason. His focus is always on the thoughts and feelings of Joe Durant--a very fallible but also entirely credible hero for this particular time and place.

Other examples of Thayer's art available in paperback: Five Past Midnight and White Star. --Dick Adler

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