Thriller # 2
January 7, 2014/ ISBN 9780062064851
by Linda Morelli
Dick Wolf is the creator of Law & Order. First release in
the series, The
Intercept, was reviewed by me for MyShelf.
Jeremy Fisk, a detective for the NYPD Intelligence Division,
is on duty during United Nations Week when he’s assigned
to investigate the discovery of thirteen headless male bodies
found on a New York beach, many bearing drug cartel tattoos.
He needs to insure there’s no hint of terrorism, especially
with so many dignitaries arriving, among them the newly elected
Commandante Cecelia Garza is a detective who earned her rank
though intelligence and hard work. Seemingly dispassionate,
she investigates the death of twenty-two headless male bodies
found in Luevo Laredo. The killer is "Chuparosa",
a vicious drug leader who carves his mark – a hummingbird
– into the skin of his victims. Although his identity
is unknown, her goal is to bring him to justice. Garza is asked
to protect and accompany current Mexican President, Umberto
Vargas, to New York, where he hopes to obtain a treaty with
the US to cut down drug trafficking. But when Fish and Garza
meet, she wants information from him, but won’t share
what she knows. And that may be her biggest mistake.
I admired Cecelia Garza’s steadfast devotion to her goals.
Jeremy Fish is a man whose emotions, actions and desires prove
he is a strong and dedicated hero, one far more fully developed
than in the first release in the series. Dick Wolf introduces
the main characters through alternating chapters, each packed
with action, intrigue and page-turning suspense.
The Execution has a solid plot loaded with page-turning
suspense. While a subliminal message concerns the role the US
plays in the problem of drug trafficking, this thriller is truly
about two dedicated professionals who set aside emotions to
fulfill their duties to their respective countries. I thoroughly
enjoyed this fast-paced, exciting read.
Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published