Books by J.G. Sandom

THE WAVE by J.G. Sandom
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"A story with enough manic energy to be worthy of a nuclear explosion and enough to render moot any structural weaknesses in its architecture."
In Sandom's doomsday thriller, a cryptanalyst and an oceanographer combine forces in an attempt to thwart a terrorist plan to inundate the eastern seaboard of the United States. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1993

Five New Yorkers out for a bachelor party leave their comfy bar for the Party Girl Lounge, then follow an especially game stripper up to her apartment—and into a spiraling nightmare of murder and its consequences. When John Payne, a rolling-stone helicopter traffic reporter, comes to after banging the stripper Yolanda's head against her headboard, she's dead, and his buddies—especially their unofficial leader, charismatic, high-rolling stockbroker Glen Morrow—decide that instead of facing the music, ruining naive Tom Demarest's wedding, and leaving Payne's pregnant wife Jan to have her baby alone, they'll mop up their mess, dump the body over the harbor from a copter, and count on the unlikelihood of anybody caring what became of a missing hooker. But since this is formula fiction rather than real life, they count wrong: weeks after Payne's festering guilt has turned Demarest's wedding and his own home life into one long, fevered hangover, another stripper comes after them with a blackmail threat. Morrow takes this complication under advisement, but there's still more: another witness who knows that Yolanda didn't just leave town or go on a trip, a police detective on the track of the second stripper, and the mounting hysteria shaking the male-bonding foundations of The Hunting Club. Sandom (Gospel Truths, 1992) makes the first half of this sordid tale a Big Apple Deliverance, endowing New York culture with all the corrosively dehumanizing power of Dickey's wild nature. The second half is considerably more predictable, though never less than slickly entertaining, right down to the last, inevitable twist. (Film rights to Warner Brothers—and there's no mystery why.) Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1992

Eight hundred years ago, somebody hid a copy of the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas—the oft-fabled Q document directly reporting Christ's words—in some cubbyhole in Chartres Cathedral. Now, in 1983, Inspector Nigel Lyman, visiting Amiens Cathedral for leads in the mysterious year-old death of an Italian banker in London, finds himself not only pulled into an unlikely treasure hunt in Amiens and Chartres but surrounded by other hunters: hopelessly naive American architect/geometrician Joseph Koster; tour guide Guy Soury-Fontaine and his sister Mariane; their Vatican bank-chief cousin Archbishop Kazimierz Grabowski; mobster Marco Scarcella, hoping to use the document to blackmail the Vatican into resuming his money-laundering; and the unknown agents of crazy right-wing Countess Irene de Rochambaud, determined to publish the Good News to all the world. First-novelist Sandom pulls out all the stops, but the whole affair seems weightless—probably because all that good guys/bad guys plotting shoves those Gospel truths so far into the background. Read full book review >