John Corey, former NYPD homicide detective, assigned to the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force in the pre-millennium 90s, makes a return appearance in a thoughtful novel offering an alternative to the governments official position on what really happened to TWA Flight 800, which crashed off the Long Island coast in the summer of 1996. Accompanying his wife Kate to a memorial marking the five-year anniversary of the crash, Coreys curiosity is aroused by what appears to be a concerted effort by Kates fellow federal agents to keep him--and her--from investigating a case that appears to be closed. Coreys detecting skills lead him to two witnesses to the crash, who were enjoying an adulterous interlude on the beach at the time the plane went down--and videotaping their sexual escapades while what appears to be a terrorist missile attack takes place in the background. What ratchets up the tension in this capably written thriller is what the reader knows but Corey doesnt as he heads for a showdown with those responsible for the official cover-up as the clock ticks down to the morning of September 11, 2001. DeMilles deft touch with a riddle wrapped in an enigma--what really happened to Flight 800--makes his what if scenario a more than plausible theory; you dont have to believe in conspiracies or government cover-ups to find his latest engrossing, entertaining, and enlightening.