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Title:
The passenger
Author:
Davis, Patrick A.
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Publication Information:
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
370 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780399144912
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Book

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Summary

Colonel John Quinn was a young, ambitious Air Force pilot who loved to fly--until an Iraqi missile nearly ended his career'and his life. Three surgeries and four years later, Quinn is functional, but not good enough to fly. Assigned to the Pentagon, he's prepared to spend the rest of his career in a series of boring staff jobs. Then a military Learjet crashes shortly after takeoff in the rural farmlands outside Washington, and Quinn is called to lead the biggest investigation of his life.With this crash, there are no survivors--a fact that is particularly sensitive in the White House, as the jet carried just one passenger: the President's brother. The crash scene offers little in the way of clues, and while the White House is pushing pilot error as the cause of the accident, Quinn is uncertain. Too many Washington insiders, including Quinn's former wife, a Ph.D. with the National Transportation Safety Board, seem to have a stake in the outcome of his investigation. Too many dodge the hard questions--or turn up dead. Filled with great characters and told with pulsing narrative drive, The Passenger is further proof that, as W. E. B. Griffin says, "Patrick Davis is the real thing."


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Bird colonel John Quinn, too physically damaged to continue to fly fighter planes, is now on the Pentagon-based staff of General Cramer, a man who is openly hostile toward him. All too aware of his boss' feelings, Quinn is amazed when Cramer picks him to head the investigation into the crash of an executive jet piloted by a friend of his and carrying the president's half brother. He's even more amazed when his bitter ex-wife, Jennifer, is placed on the investigating team by White House Chief of Staff Riley McKenzie. It doesn't take Quinn long to understand he's being set up to fail: one mistake and his career is over. Although everyone from McKenzie to the sell-out Chairman of the Joint Chiefs insists that the crash was caused by pilot error, Quinn, with the help of a soon-to-retire major, uncovers a massive political plot that includes multiple homicides and more twists than a Pentagon hallway. A well-made, mainstream military thriller. --Budd Arthur


Publisher's Weekly Review

Davis's sturdy, adrenaline-charged political techno-thriller sets a down-to-earth air force colonel against a deadly conspiracy involving formidable players in the White House and military. Medal of Honor-winner John Quinn is marking time at the Pentagon in a boring staff job, unhappy that injuries incurred in a mission over Iraq prevent him from flying again. Quinn is skeptical when his boss, scornful Major General Maxwell Cramer, suddenly gives him an auspicious assignment: heading the investigation of an air force Learjet crash in which the crew and the lone passenger, the president's half-brother, perished. Quinn picks outspoken fellow pilot Ted ChenÄa highly competent but unpopular critic of the bureaucratic systemÄto assist him. Mistrust escalates when Quinn learns the White House hasÄagainst regulationsÄassigned Quinn's ambitious, opportunistic ex-wife, Jennifer Johnson, as a civilian observer on the case. Then Johnson is joined by the equally power-hungry White House Chief of Staff McKenzie, and soon the investigation is out of Quinn's control. Crafty Johnson leaks ugly rumors to the media, but before Quinn can unravel Johnson's involvement in the insider intrigue, other complications shed light on the situation. A female photography student who may have been a witness to the plane crash is missing; the daughter of an African-American former governor framed in a sex scandal raises questions about videotaped evidence of a murder coverup. Covert agents abound and bullets fly as Quinn and Chen fight for justice. Fast moving, atmospheric and authentically detailed, this gripping second novel (after The General) firmly establishes DavisÄan ex-air force pilot with Pentagon experienceÄas a writer with a knack for white-knuckled suspense. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Davis's first book, The General, sagged under the weight of its plot; this work, to the contrary, moves relentlessly forward. When a plane crash kills the President's brother, Col. John Quinn, head of the Air Force Safety Liaison Office, finds himself spearheading the difficult investigationÄalongside his ex-wife. The investigation gets even more difficult as, predictably, almost everyone he approaches tries to keep the truth from him. Quinn is a reliable but poorly informed narrator, and Davis does a good job of keeping the reader guessing. Just when you think you have figured out whodunit and why, Davis tosses in a few more plot twists and turns. A satisfying, if unoriginal, story with engaging characters, this thriller is recommendedÄhalf-heartedlyÄfor public libraries.ÄPatrick J. Wall, University City P.L., MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.