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Last day
Sears, Richard.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, 2001.
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254 pages ; 25 cm
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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Charlie Wolf is an undercover cop assigned to infiltrate the Sons of Fire motorcycle club, suspected of manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine up and down the East Coast. Charlie's been undercover for a long time--long enough to have broken the two cardinal rules of his work. He's forged a strong friendship with Ray Sasso, president of the Sons of Fire. And he's become addicted to meth.In the heat of the cops' planned bust, Charlie, high on meth and not sure where his loyalties lie, makes a near-fatal mistake. The shoot-out leaves a bullet lodged in the right temporal lobe of Charlie's brain--an area known to be the center of paranormal activity. Operating to remove the bullet would likely kill Charlie. Living with it will change him forever.Ray Sasso knows that one man set him on the path to hell: the arrest, the loss of his power, the destruction of his body, the disintegration of his family. Charlie Wolf. It's Wolf who must pay for Sasso's downfall. But where is Charlie Wolf? Who is he?Charlie doesn't know himself anymore. The psychotic episodes, which his doctors trace to the bullet in his brain, have grown worse, stranger, altering his very perceptions of the world. He is living in a nightmare from which he cannot wake. One man, Charlie knows, holds the key to his prison--Ray Sasso.Two men linked forever by a tangle of lies and twisted loyalties and a moment of bloody violence. Two men who could not be more dissimilar--or more the same. When they meet again, for one it will be the Last Day.

Author Notes

Richard Sears grew up in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and moved to London, England, in the late 1970s. He earned degrees in psychology and literature and for many years worked as a psychiatric counselor before pursuing a career in investigative journalism. A childhood "close encounter" inspired his lifelong interest in the paranormal and eventually led to the writing of First Born and Last Day .

A full-time writer, Sears lives with his wife and sons on Long Island, New York.

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Booklist Review

Jack Lamb is an undercover cop, not the methamphetamine dealer he pretends to be. He is addicted to meth, however, and his close friend, meth dealer Ray Sasso, is the man he's supposed to be investigating. When a bust goes sour, and Jack winds up with a bullet in his head, he begins to suffer from some self-induced psychotic torture. Only Sasso can take away Jack's pain, but Jack must decide if he is Ray's friend or his pursuer. This is a hard-edged, engrossing tale that moves fluidly from realism to surrealism and back again (several times). Some of the imagery is a little heavy-handed (Jack is a Lamb who poses as a wolf, that sort of thing), but a case can be made that the author's hand is deliberately heavy. The novel isn't nearly as otherworldly as Sears' previous, First Born (2000), and readers expecting another X-Fileslike story line may be disappointed. Those looking for something a little different, on the other hand, should be well pleased. --David Pitt

Publisher's Weekly Review

Daily life for an undercover narcotics agent is perilous at best, but add drug addiction to the mix and the narc's world can spin out of control, into a dangerous and violent realm too far from reality for a safe return. Jack Lamb, a Long Island narcotics division cop, is recruited by ambitious and unscrupulous Westchester County DA Jane Carroll for a special undercover op targeting local drug kingpin Ray Sasso, the "family"-connected leader of the Sons of Fire Motorcycle Club. A shaky start turns deadly when, to protect his cover, Jack (who is using the alias Charlie Wolf) starts taking the crystal methamphetamine that Sasso pushes. Addicted to the drug and moving too close to Ray, he grows paranoid, confusing the players and taking a bullet to the head during the blown bust operation. The bullet lodges in his brain and sparks psychic episodes that, combined with drug withdrawal, keep his life off balance. Sasso calls for revenge from his cell, and Jack's wife and young daughter are in real danger when the pushy DA gets him to sign a false report to set Ray up and keep him in prison illegally. Events escalate when a bomb meant for Sasso kills his wife and son by mistake; Jack's nightmare becomes his only reality as Ray reaches out for vengeance. Sears (First Born) writes some of the hardest-edged crime going and his characters are viscerally real. The psychic episodes that become pivotal to the plot resolution will mar the ending for some and render it perfect for others. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved