SHOCK WAVE by James O. Born


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Born draws on knowledge acquired as a special agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to pen another police procedural as tough as lobby flooring and bulletproof glass.

In Walking Money (2004), FDLE cop Bill Tasker nailed a top FBI agent who pulled off a bank heist and then framed Tasker. In this second outing, the G-man is in jail awaiting trial, the money is missing and Tasker is on the outs with the feds, who don’t appreciate a local lawman exposing one of their own as a thief. Though Tasker was cleared, the public and even his two young daughters suspect that he has the lost satchel of cash stowed away somewhere. While on a routine sting (trading confiscated pot for dirty small arms), Tasker arrests a perp who trades for a lighter sentence by sending him after a guy selling a stolen Stinger missile. This potential terrorist weapon brings the FBI back into play, teaming up with the FDLE and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms for a combined collar of the guy with the missile. An envious, low-rank FBI agent misidentifies and nabs rodent exterminator Daniel Wells as the missile-seller. When Tasker clears Wells, he’s once more in deep euphemism with the Bureau, which now faces the likelihood of a massive false-arrest suit. As it turns out, Wells is an explosives kook who does sell bombs; in fact, he’s responsible for a cruise ship explosion that killed a porter. Although the cruise ship case is hers, ATF agent Camy Parks has been told not to work with Tasker—a prohibition she mostly ignores, since she kinda likes the divorced cop. All this leads back still again to Wells, who has a plot to send shock waves through Miami with a major bomb.

Top thrillwork, with a Jerry Bruckheimer ending, much welcome humor, and the Bureau as Born’s tackling dummy.

Pub Date: April 21st, 2005
ISBN: 0-399-15263-3
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2005


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