Book Review: The Intercept by Dick Wolf

the intercept

Rating: 4 / 5

I would be utterly shocked if someone picked up this book to read not knowing who Dick Wolf is.  I wholeheartedly believe that there is at least one episode of Law & Order (or its million different spin-offs) playing on some random cable station at all times. 

Jeremy Fisk is an investigator for NYPD’s Intelligence Division, which is modeled after the CIA.  He is brought in to investigate the thwarted mid-air hijacking of a plane over the Atlantic Ocean.  The passengers onboard who helped prevent the hijacking are dubbed The Six, and have become instant celebrities.  It is Fisk’s job to figure out what the real plan is and to prevent it from happening.  Although the hijacker was subdued and no bomb exploded, Fisk believes the whole incident is a decoy, and that real terrorist plot will occur during the dedication of One World Trade Center, days after the attempted hijacking.

It’s hard not to like this book, if thrillers are your cup of tea.  Right off the bat you know there is a minimum threshold that Wolf meets, given he is behind the wildly successful Law & Order franchise.   Wolf is great at throwing in twists and turns to keep the reader engaged.  Terrorism plots are nothing new in this day and age, so I was pleasantly surprised by the twist at the end.  I really enjoyed Jeremy Fisk’s character, and am glad that this is a series Wolf intends to continue.  Although not a novel that will stick with the reader for long, it is a great lazy weekend read.

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