The downtown area of today's Washington, D.C., has become an armed camp. Men with assault rifles crouch on top of monuments and buildings. Anti-missile sites bristle on the White House roof. Meter maids carry Glocks and tactical radios, all in the name of federal CT: counterterrorism.Read more...
The downtown area of today's Washington, D.C., has become an armed camp. Men with assault rifles crouch on top of monuments and buildings. Anti-missile sites bristle on the White House roof. Meter maids carry Glocks and tactical radios, all in the name of federal CT: counterterrorism.
In "Cold Frame, " the dramatic new thriller by P. T. Deutermann, a secret committee of government and civilian officials puts names on the Kill List, which targets overseas threats to America for termination. When a senior bureaucrat who is part of the Kill List process dies in Washington under mysterious circumstances that include a beautiful woman, a glass of wine, and a bouquet of flowers, Metro detective Av Smith is tasked to investigate. Smith and his fellow detectives soon find themselves besieged by a hornet's nest of intrigue and deception. With the aid of an FBI agent and a reclusive scientist who nurtures unusual interests, Av digs deeper into the mystery---only to become the target of a plan that reaches into the highest levels of the federal government, and far exceeds the mission of the Kill List itself.
Set in contemporary Washington, D.C., amidst the Byzantine counterterrorism bureaucracy, "Cold Frame" is a compelling thriller by masterful novelist P. T. Deutermann, whose insider knowledge of how the military, federal, and local intelligence agencies work---or don't---illuminates the dark world of Washington's War on Terror.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-06-01
- Reviewer: Staff
A secret NSA-sanctioned assassination squad, known only as the DMX, goes rogue in this exciting political thriller from Deutermann (Sentinels of Fire). The leader of the DMX, the arrogantly ambitious Carl Mandeville, arranges for the murder of one of the group’s own members, Francis X. McGavin, who’s threatening to reveal the DMX’s existence to Congress. Gavin appears to die of natural causes at a Washington, D.C., restaurant, but the Metro PD’s Det. Sgt. Av Smith, whose insubordinate behavior has gotten him banished to an assignment doing little more than shuffling police cases to the appropriate federal agency, suspects foul play. Mandeville considers Smith a minor hindrance in his strategic plan to cleanse the U.S. of foreign security threats and orders for him to be arrested and killed. Despite little support from his own department, the crafty Smith proves a more formidable foe than Mandeville imagined. The reliable Deutermann has again assembled a smartly written, smoothly paced drama that never rings false. Agent: Nick Ellison, Nick Ellison Agency. (July)