Bomb Squad Detective Manuel Diaz exists in a troubled state. A former army bomb tech, he misses the adrenaline rush of combat and feels little if any love from his partner, Sergeant Sandy Kahn. When he brings home the pressures of his job, it causes fights with his beautiful roommate, Jennifer. And, as if that weren’t enough, he also harbors a torturous secret.
When one disabled army veteran blows himself up in front of an Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Times Square and another blows himself up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, all of Diaz’s worries become magnified. More than anything else, Manny wants to prove these incidents aren’t suicides. But is he right? If not suicides, what’s going on here? Can he solve the cases without revisiting all of the things that haunt him from combat? Can he solve them without driving himself insane?
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About the Series
Author writes first-ever series based on NYPD bomb Squad
J.E. Fishman taps NYPD bomb Squad commander to craft realistic, action-packed series
NEW YORK – Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of the world’s leading b o m b squad? Author J.E. Fishman did, and he set out to learn everything possible about this elite unit of the NYPD before crafting the first-ever series of novels based on its exploits, titled “bomb Squad NYC.” To write the series, Fishman worked closely with highly experienced technical advisor Lieutenant Mark Torre, who has been commander of the NYPD b o m b Squad headquartered in Manhattan’s West Village for the past decade.
The “Bomb Squad NYC” series launches with Fishman’s first installment, A Danger to Himself and Others (Verbitrage, released March 4, 2014), which follows NYC Bomb squad detective Manuel Diaz, a former Army explosive ordnance disposal specialist. When disabled veterans begin blowing themselves up in front of armed forces recruiting stations around New York, it hits close to home for Diaz. Before another b o m b goes off, he will risk both his life and his sanity in search of justice.
“I feel honored to write about the NYPD Bomb Squad,” says Fishman, who was inspired to create the series after meeting squad members stationed down the street from his apartment in the West Village. “These individuals are unsung heroes of New York, working hard behind the scenes to keep a great city safe.”
The second book in the series, Death March (released March 18, 2014), will publish shortly after and follows Sergeant Sander Kahn as he fights to prevent a terrorist attack on the largest parade of the year. Next comes The Long Black Hand (released April 2, 2014). When a visiting tenor at the famed Julius School of Music receives threats that echo an event dating back to the Bomb Squad’s origins, Lieutenant Joseph Capobianco must determine whether it is a simple case of extortion or a bad actor challenging his place in the squad’s illustrious history. This will be followed by Blast from the Past (September 15, 2014), in which Detective Kieran Lehane, a b o m b Squad veteran, finds himself in danger for getting too close to the truth on an old case that supposedly had been solved.
To accompany the series, Fishman wrote the nonfiction book Dynamite: A Concise History of the NYPD B o m b Squad (Verbitrage, Nov. 3, 2013). Starting in an era of horse-drawn carriages and ending in the Jet Age, Dynamite is the most comprehensive history every written about the oldest bomb squad in the world.
About the Author
J.E. Fishman, a former New York literary agent and Doubleday editor, now writes full time. His debut novel Primacy (Verbitrage, September 2011) was critically acclaimed – Kirkus called it “more fun than a barrel of overgrown monkeys” and Publishers Weekly called it “an appealing debut thriller.” He is also the author of the mystery Cadaver Blues: A Phuoc Goldberg Fiasco (StoneGate Ink, October 2012), and the financial thriller The Dark Pool (StoneGate Ink, February 2013). When he isn’t working on the next installment in the “b o m b Squad NYC” series, he contributes to The Huffington Post and the online literary magazine The Nervous Breakdown. Fishman, a long time resident of the New York area, now splits his time between Manhattan and Chadds Ford, Pa. Learn more at www.b o m bsquadnyc.com.
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