Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Toy Cop

In case you haven't already read about it, The Toy Cop, while much older, is the second and probably the last novel I'll ever put on Kindle. If you don't know the throughline, here it is:

The Toy Cop Synopsis
Four years ago, ten canisters of VX nerve agent were stolen from an Army truck near the Dugway Proving Grounds, leading up to the most disastrous hostage scenario in FBI history. Special Agent Michael Brodie, head of the elite FBI crisis negotiating corps, had lost his chance to get IRA terrorist Seamus Hannigan, the man responsible for his daughter’s death and the destruction of his credibility when Hannigan blew up himself and three other people.
            Up the eastern seaboard four years later during a freak nor’easter, former Navy Seal Jack Gallagher and three other men have taken a United States Senator and 12 other people hostage and have holed them up in a Massachusetts armory. The 13 make up the entire team assembled to witness the federal execution of Edd Corn, the most notorious child killer in US history. Corn nearly killed Jack Gallagher’s daughter Deirdre three years ago. Now determined to mete out justice personally, Gallagher seems determined to end his life to that end while his ex wife, rookie patrol officer and ad hoc negotiator Penny Gallagher, watches outside helplessly.
            Seeing Penny is out of her depth, and remembering his slain FBI daughter Leighann, Michael Brodie pulls every string and calls in every favor to get involved in the negotiations while somehow avoiding the emotional mine fields put up by his skeptical superiors, Jack Gallagher and Special Agent Ray Cardoza, the first FBI agent onscene and his one-time future son in law, one of many who holds Brodie accountable for Leighann’s death.
            Then, during the negotiations, Brodie hears a voice from the grave: Seamus Hannigan. Could the hostage scenario be a mere coverup and is Jack Gallagher somehow involved with the IRA plot four years ago to appropriate and use ten canisters of VX on countless  innocents? Or has Jack unwittingly invited one of the world’s most lethal terrorists in his midst?
            With a wide cast of characters, most of whom pursuing personal agendas, The Toy Cop involves national tragedies from Waco, Ruby Ridge and the 1998 Omagh bombing. And these previously unrelated tragedies set off a chain of chaotic events, gradually but inexorably coalescing into what could become the greatest tragedy in American history. The lives of 13 people are at stake, including that of a United States senator during a reelection bid. And unless the Gallaghers, Brodie and Cardoza can put aside ancient antagonisms and broker a peaceful outcome, many more lives will be lost in what could become the greatest holocaust since September 11th.

The Toy Cop is available for $4.99 on Kindle and, as with American Zen, you can download the first few chapters for free on your Kindle.

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