The author and I both revel in writing about psychopathic villains who are bigger than life.The Panther has traits we've met in other De Mille thrillers – the killer in The General's Daughter, the sadistic cop in Spencerville, the slimeball vintner in Plum Island, the mass murderer in The Lion's Game and The Lion, the weird oil tycoon in Wild Fire. My theory is that John Corey existed way before his appearance in Plum Island.) I felt, that as exciting and nail-biting as this book is, the prize still goes to the author for his finale that has no equal – in Night Fall!
He yells at the bodies, "You have learned that in Yemen death comes! John and his FBI wife Kate are assigned to Yemen, to hunt down the bad guys who bombed the USS Cole in 2000.
" Fade to NYC, where smart-mouth John Corey, ex-NYPD, currently on New York's Anti-Terrorist Task Force, takes center stage. John knows that everyone who journeys to Yemen doesn't come back!
John and Kate arrive in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen. They are met by another spook, a guy we've met before, the hero of The General's Daughter and Up Country, Paul Brenner, now with the Diplomatic Security Service.
Paul is one of the few good guys in this tale, in a desert filled with black hats in every cave, on every camel.
As a geek who has been professionally involved with crime fiction for nearly a half-century, maybe I can help.
I tend to embrace a wide range of fiction into the mystery genre, defining it as any work of fiction in which a crime or the threat of a crime is central to the theme or plot.I'd like to see a woman take a stronger role in John's life – perhaps a female villain! Maybe another place on the planet that has the same authenticity of upstate New York, Long Island, Ohio. They seek movement and action—hence the increased popularity of the thriller.Among its components are tales of espionage, political nastiness, financial schemes, adventure, some military fiction, high-tech shenanigans and even weird religious plots.This includes the form that most readers regard as a mystery, which is the traditional detective story but a category of literature that also includes the police procedural, the hard-boiled novel, the tale of psychological suspense, the crime novel, and the thriller.There is enormous overlapping of these sub-genres and it is often difficult to categorize some books.I saw shades of Corey in other books: as Keith Landry in Spencerville.And John Sutter of The Gold Coast was a John Corey type, in some ways.More likely, you are a fan (else why would you be on a site titled Crime Reads?) but not totally devoted to the genre and basically just looking for some recommendations of what to read but unsure about the various categories by which books may be defined.