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P.E.A.C.E.

P.E.A.C.E.

A Novel

The New York City of the not-too-distant future is a surveillance state. Thousands of video cameras are mounted on street corners and in subways, and a special corps of elite NYPD officers roam the city undercover with high-tech tranq-guns. It's the era of "PEACE," an acronym for "Police Enforced Anti-Crime Environment," and it's turned New York into a city where no crime -- from petty vandalism to first-degree murder -- goes undetected.
Enter Mac Wells, a cop whose legendary cool reserve masks a fierce loyalty to his colleagues and his city. As one of New York's elite undercover agents, he is part of a flagship anti-crime experiment that everyone wants to work. And at first glance, it seems to be doing just that -- crime is down; the citizens are happy. But strange and random acts of violence persist, in a pattern that no one can decipher. And when Mac accidentally tranqs his partner during a subway crime, he unwittingly stumbles upon a conspiracy that reaches to the highest echelons of the police department...and the government. Now Mac is forced to choose between his loyalty to his colleagues and his sense of justice -- and to figure out whom to trust before he becomes the next casualty of a tragic "accident."
P.E.A.C.E. is a heart-pounding thrill ride that signals the debut of a potent new voice in the thriller genre. Breathlessly original, P.E.A.C.E. launches the dazzling career of a writer destined to rank alongside Ed McBain and David Baldacci.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743211901 | 
  • December 2001
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Chapter One

Four floors below Manhattan in a bunkerlike room, a vast wall of monitors pulses with fragments of a city's picture; images flicker to life then disappear like bits of dream.

On one of the screens Mrs. Franklin Holt does not move, not one muscle. She has not moved in six hours. Crowds pour in and out of subway trains on the platform where she is standing but she stares ahead like a statue. She does not flinch when a teenager waiting for an overdue train dances around her to get laughs from his friends. She does not respond when a young couple asks her if she is okay. She is transfixed by something in front of her no one... see more

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