The Firefly

The Firefly

A Novel

Book - 2003
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At midnight, in a secret medical clinic in Washington, D.C., two foreign doctors and their team are completing plastic surgery on an anonymous client who is changing the appearance of his face, among other things. After the procedure, the client begins to stir-and suddenly the operating room erupts in violence and the clinic is ablaze.Washington police conduct an arson investigation, with inconclusive results. But one tantalizing fragment of evidence suggests that a terrorist bombing may be imminent. The presidential inauguration is quickly approaching and Washington's police, fire, intelligence, military, federal, and White House security teams are making frantic preparations. Because of the strain on manpower, retired Secret Service agent Swamp Morgan is recalled to active duty. His task: investigate the incinerationof the medical clinic as a "firefly"- Washington-speak for something that looks like a threat but isn't.As Swamp begins what he thinks is a routine check-and-dismiss, the clinic's missing client begins preparations for his mission: to launch an attack on the American government - a decapitation strike intended to wipe out both the outgoing and incoming administrations. As the crucial day approaches, Swamp, the only agent to take the firefly seriously, must operate alone as the clock clicks down to a breathtaking finale.Filled with brilliant twists and turns and heart-in-your throat suspense, Firefly offers first class entertainment from beginning to end.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780312203771
0312203772
Branch Call Number: FICTION Deu
Description: 387 pages ; 24 cm

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harrybosch
Mar 08, 2018

Good but not one of Deutermann's best. Like some of his others works, he spends too much time on fine details. It gets boring when he goes into excruciating details about the composition of chemicals, or how pieces of electronic equipment work. for example. His heroes are also often reckless to the point of stupidity. Too much alphabet soup of acronyms, and the conclusion is preposterous.

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