Pete Fanning, an overworked NYPD narcotics detective, uncovers terrorists of an unlikely collaboration – a band of dissident IRA soldiers with a cell of the Al-Qaeda embedded in a Queens, New York mosque.
“The work has all the power and pull of the best detective/suspense novels with the additional attraction of being up-to-the-minute in terms of its themes and villains. It is a professionally conceived and written novel.” – James Robinson, award-winning author of Rumors, and The Illustrator
“The bone deep understanding Howard Giordano has of his city, its people, and its post 9/11 fears, grabbed me from page 1 and kept me turning pages through a long, unable-to-sleep night. I won't soon forget his provocative plot turns, taking readers on an action field ride from a mosque in Queens to the Pine Barrens to the Belmont Stakes.” – Doris Willens, Author of Nobody’s Perfect, Bill Bernbach, and The Golden Age of Advertising
“As a longtime fan of suspense novels, I am impressed with Howard Giordano's fast-paced and exciting story. He effectively draws upon his years of experience within the New York Thoroughbred racing scene.” – Harvey Pack, noted racing handicapper and author of May the Horse Be With You
A fender bender with an Indian Muslim on a New York City Highway launches Pete Fanning, an overworked NYPD narcotics detective, to investigate a terrorist plot that threatens horrendous consequences: the bombing of Belmont Park Racetrack at the running of the Belmont stakes in two weeks. Pete teams up with two FBI agents to unravel the mystery of the terrorists unlikely collaboration – a band of dissident IRA soldiers with a cell of the Al-Qaeda embedded in a Queens, New York mosque. Pete is certain if he uncovers the logic to this improbable terrorist marriage, it will reveal their intended target. Then he has to stop them before they kill thousands of racing fans attending the big race. In doing so, he soon finds himself in their sights. The investigation becomes not only one of survival, but tests his loyalty to his family, his friends, his country, and ultimately goes to the core of why he became a cop.
After a career in advertising, Howard Giordano joined the New York Racing Association (Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga Racetracks) as Executive Director of Marketing and TV. Finally, after serving as President of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, he retired to Florida to devote more time to writing. He is currently writing another suspension driven tale of revenge.