Book: The Intercept: a Jeremy Fisk novel
Author: Dick Wolf
Article Type: Review
About the Book: Dick Wolf makes his literary debut with this tense, driving thriller reminiscent of the classic The Day of the Jackal, an extraordinary tale filled with the ingenious twists and high-wire suspense we have come to expect from this master storyteller.
Days before the July Fourth holiday and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident aboard a commercial jet over the Atlantic Ocean reminds everyone that vigilance is not a task to be taken lightly. But for iconoclastic New York Police detective Jeremy Fisk, it may also be a signal that there is much more to this case than the easy answer: that this is just the work of another lone terrorist.
Fisk—from the department’s Intelligence Division, a well-funded anti-terror unit modeled upon the CIA—suspects that the event might also be a warning sign that another, potentially more extraordinary scheme has been set in motion. Fluent in Arabic and the ways of his opponents, Fisk is a rule breaker who follows his gut—even if it means defying those above him in the department’s food chain. So when a passenger from the same plane, a Saudi Arabian national, disappears into the crowds of Manhattan, it’s up to Fisk and his partner Krina Gersten to find him before the celebrations begin.
Watching each new lead fizzle, chasing shadows to dead ends, Fisk and Gersten quickly realize that their opponents are smarter and more agile than any they have ever faced. Extremely clever and seemingly invisible, they are able to exploit any security weakness and anticipate Fisk’s every move. And time is running out.
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Overall Rating: 4.75
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 4.50
First Thought When Finished: This was exactly the high-caliber storytelling that I was expecting from Dick Wolf. I can’t wait for another one!
He was, for all intents and purposes, an intelligence officer inside the NYPD. -The Intercept by Dick Wolf
This quote really speaks to the cornerstone of this story! The fact that a NYPD police officer is tracking threats to NY every single day. This department is coordinating and working with other agencies to track real threats and stop them from happening. The Intercept was a high paced thrill ride that had a LOT of good old-fashioned police work involved. It was never to showy or glitzy. It was the bare to bones work that tons of police officers and intelligence departments do each day. At times it was hard to read because of how coordinated the terror plot was but it rang true!
Covert intervention was equal parts art and science. -The Intercept by Dick Wolf
Jeremy Fisk is a very intelligent, puzzle-solving, detective working in the counter-terrorism unit of the NYPD. He is good at figuring things out and following his gut. He is a great central character and is very solid when on the page. The other detectives in the story are very well written and there are some storylines that will make you go “woah”! I thought the way that Dick Wolf wrote the terrorist was equally as strong except for a few minor things. None of them distracted from the story but was the reason my character rating was a little lower.
Final Thought: If you are a fan of Dick Wolf’s writing for TV then you will love this book. Even if you are not, I highly recommend giving this thriller a try. I don’t think you will be disappointed.