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Traps : a novel of the FBI
Lindsay, Paul, 1943-
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New York : Simon & Schuster, [2002]

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260 pages ; 25 cm
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Justice has become a distant ideal for disenchanted FBI agent Jack Kincade. Once a bright light of the Bureau, he lives in a seedy motel, his largely off-duty hours dominated by rotgut vodka and an unusual sideline: robbing banks. Then he gets a call about a cold case that has just come back to haunt the Bureau...

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Booklist Review

This is the former FBI agent's sixth novel, and oh, what fun it is! Just look at the premise: a man whose daughter's three-year-old kidnapping remains unsolved decides to force the FBI to break the case by parking a bomb at the loading dock of a Chicago jail and telling the feds he'll detonate it if somebody doesn't tell him what happened to his little girl. Assigned to the search for the bomber is Jack Kincade, a down-and-out special agent who spends his off-hours drinking vodka-and-Tabasco-sauce concoctions and robbing banks (by using specially designed plastic sleeves, called traps, that slip inside night-deposit slots). Along the way, Jack picks up a sidekick: Ben Alton, an agent who recently lost a leg to cancer. Jack and Ben locate the bomber and determine that the kidnapper is dead, but his partner is very much alive--and very dangerous. This is by far Lindsay's best novel (and his other ones, including 1997's Freedom to Kill, were pretty darn good): sharply written, intelligent, and wholly satisfying. It catapults Lindsay into the top ranks of thriller writers and is essential reading for fans of the genre. --David Pitt

Publisher's Weekly Review

FBI veteran Lindsay (Witness to the Earth; The Fuhrer's Reserve; etc.) again shows his knowledge of Bureau politics and procedures with the story of a talented agent on the skids. Living in a seedy Chicago motel room with a stray dog named BC, divorced burnout Jack Kincade prefers playing poker with stolen money to showing up sober for work. Kincade's method for robbing banks-setting traps inside night depositories-comes from a burglar he arrested in better days. This precarious lifestyle is interrupted when a bomb threat brings Special-Agent-in-Charge Roy Thorne to the Chicago office. Thorne sees through Kincade's veneer to the keen intellect beneath. He partners the cynical detective with one-legged cancer survivor Ben Alton, a man as determined to get back to work as Jack is to get away from it. When the bomber turns out to be an enraged father who wants the FBI to reopen his daughter's kidnapping case, closed three years before without resolution, Kincade and Alton investigate the kidnapping, while Alton looks into the bank robberies. Kincade lightens the mood by bantering with the serious Alton, knowing it's only a matter of time before Alton traces the bank thefts to his wisecracking partner. The novel's most insightful passages detail FBI procedure, while the most impassioned describe ambitious agents scrambling up the bureaucratic ladder, leaving the stalking of criminals to mavericks willing to break the rules and sacrifice their careers and their lives. The mixture of office politics, procedural detail and an unlikely hero in an unexpected partnership lifts this effort above the average FBI novel. Agent, Esther Newberg, ICM. (Oct. 8) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved