Just in time for Thanksgiving, Edgar Award-winning author Stefanie Pintoff puts the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in peril in her new thriller, City on Edge, the second in the series featuring FBI special agent Eve Rossi.
It takes place over 24 hours, starting the night before Thanksgiving with the annual inflation ceremony of the huge helium balloons — and an attempted assassination of New York City’s police commissioner. And amid the hubbub, the commissioner’s 13-year-old daughter and another boy are abducted.
Seems there’s a terrorist plot, too — a weapon has been planted somewhere inside the parade, putting thousands of people in danger.
Enter Eve and her Vidocq Unit — her ragtag crew of talented ex-cons (each is introduced in the book through classified dossiers). The kidnapper has provided his list of demands, and the clock is ticking.
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Of course, there are complications — the commissioner has some secrets and his daughter has some issues, too.
Pintoff has put herself into Eve’s shoes. According to press materials, she attended the FBI’s 10-week New York Citizen’s Academy, described as “an abridged version of the training they give special agents at Quantico.”
The author also took part in firearms training with the bureau and watched demonstrations of the latest surveillance and forensics methods to make her special agent believable.
As for the name of Eve’s special unit, it’s a tip of the hat to Eugène Francois Vidocq, an 18th-century French criminal who left his life of crime to aid the police and become something of a legend. Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac both wrote about him and now Pintoff has put her own spin on his legend.
City on Edge
- By Stephanie Pintoff
- Bantam, $27
- Audio: HighBridge Audio, $34.99; award-winning narrator Tanya Eby is the reader.