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The protectors
Mahoney, Dan.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 2002.
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340 pages ; 25 cm
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In the mountainous north of Spain, on a quiet Sunday morning, a Basque terrorist group kidnaps the country's wealthiest woman after a violent ambush along a winding country road. At the same time, in New York City, a murderous shootout alongside Central Park leaves two dead and Spain's ambassador to the United Nations held hostage. NYPD Detective First Grade Brian McKenna and his partner Cisco Sanchez (the self-described world's greatest detective) are assigned to the Joint Terrorist Task Force. The task force is focused on locating the ambassador, but for McKenna, the investigation becomes urgent when he learns that the kidnapped woman is Carmen de la Cruz, a personal friend.The search begins for two dangerous cells, one in New York, the other in Spain. McKenna and Sanchez work with the FBI, ATF, and state troopers to comb the city and eventually the state, but in Spain the investigation is stalled-until the two detectives negotiate an unprecedented role in a foreign police matter. When they arrive in Madrid, McKenna and Sanchez are caught in the crossfire of a war between Basque nationalists and the Spanish police themselves. Intercepted cellphone calls lead the partners to resort area of Gibraltar, and a complex of caves beneath the famous rock that might conceal Carmen and her kidnappers.Combining terrific suspense, only-in-New York characters, and first hand knowledge about how an international terrorist incident is investigated, The Protectors is Dan Mahoney at his best.

Author Notes

Dan Mahoney was born and raised in New York City. He worked for twenty-five years in the NYPD before retiring as a captain. He is the author of The Two Chinatowns, Black and White, Once In, Never Out, Hyde, Edge of the City, and Detective First Grade (all available from St. Martin's Press). He lives in New York City.

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Booklist Review

Carmen de la Cruz, the richest woman in Spain and a leading voice for peaceful negotiation with Basque separatists, is kidnapped in a violent confrontation while on her way to dedicate a new church. Meanwhile, the Spanish ambassador to the U.S. is snatched in front of his Fifth Avenue residence, leaving two men dead. NYPD detective Brian McKenna is on the scene in New York and is subsequently assigned--along with his partner, Cisco--to a joint task force headed by the FBI. The case has a personal element for McKenna. He's a close friend with de la Cruz, on the basis of a previous case in which her husband was killed. The investigation eventually takes McKenna and Cisco to Spain, where they find moral ambiguity rather than clear-cut answers. Mahoney, a retired, 25-year veteran of the NYPD, has the procedural elements locked down tight, and in McKenna and Cisco he has created a pair of the most likably dangerous cops in current crime fiction. The locales--New York City and Spain--are nicely rendered, and the conclusion is both surprising and satisfying. Fine reading for those who like their crime dramas complex, authentic, and played out on an international stage. --Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

Mahoney's seventh cop thriller pits a couple of wise-guy big-city cops against ETA, the murderous Basque separatist terrorist organization. Once again, Mahoney (The Two Chinatowns) puts Det. Brian McKenna on the trail of killers, kidnappers and some very dangerous perps who thrive on political violence. The resourceful McKenna is teamed up with partner Cisco Sanchez, an insufferable braggart whose methods are almost legal and whose hunches are usually right. When the Spanish ambassador to the United Nations is kidnapped in a bloody shootout in New York City, McKenna and Sanchez are put on the case, which has some high-profile international angles. The Spanish ambassador to France and the rich, beautiful Carmen de la Cruz are also kidnapped by ETA in the north of Spain in a diabolical plot that is anything but normal terrorist activity. Aided by international mystery man Henri Picard and an IRA thug named DuPont, McKenna and Sanchez have to find the kidnapped Spaniard in New York before they can help Carmen. Soon the cops are in Spain, chasing the ETA operatives and their two captives from Basque country in the north to Gibraltar in the south. However, not all their allies can be trusted: McKenna, Sanchez and even ETA are being skillfully manipulated by someone who has a different concept of justice and peace. Mahoney is a retired cop who writes his mysteries with colorful style and dramatic flair. Action, suspense, plot twists and innovative police work all come together in this timely thriller. (Sept. 3) Forecast: USA Today bestseller Mahoney's strong reputation with critics and fans bodes well for his latest. The Two Chinatowns is out in paper this July. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved