Crashers by Dana Haynes

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Whenever a plane goes down in the U.S., a "Go Team" made up of experts is assembled by the NTSB to investigate. Those people - each of them a leading expert in a specific area  - are known as informally as "Crashers."

When a passenger plane, a Vermeer One Eleven, slams into the ground outside Portland, Oregon, a team is quickly assembled to investigate the cause.  Under the leadership of the IIC (Investigator in Charge), Leonard "Tommy" Tomzak, a pathologist who recently quit the NTSB who also happened to be in the area when the Vermeer One Eleven went down, the team gets to work as fast as possible. Assembled by Susan Tanaka, the inter-governmental liason from the NTSB on this crash, the team includes: Kathryn "Kiki" Duvall (voice recorder specialist), known as a"sonar witch" who can hear things that others can't and can pinpoint an accent from anywhere in the world; John Roby (Mad Bomber), former cop and bomb expert, who can detect the use of an incendiary device simply by smelling the air; Walter Mulroney (Structures), looks more like a cowboy than an engineer but can rebuild just about any plane from the bolts up; along with Peter Kim (Power Plant) and Isaiah Grey (Operations).  Usually the team has months to determine the cause of a crash. But this time it's different. This time, the plane was brought down deliberately, without leaving a trace, and this was only a trial run.

In LA, Daria Gibron - a former Shin Bet agent, now under the protection of the FBI- spots a group of suspicious-looking men. Missing her former life of action, she attaches herself to them only to learn that, somehow, they were responsbie for the plane crash and are preparing for another action. While her FBI handler tries to find her and save her, Daria risks her life to try to get close enough to learn what's going on and thwart the coming terrorist action. But time is running out and her cover story is running thin.

A fresh and utterly compelling thriller, an original mix of action, investigation and a brilliant cast of characters that grabs the reader in the way few novels can and fewer do.


About Dana Haynes

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DANA HAYNES, author of the acclaimed thrillers Crashers and Breaking Point, spent more than twenty years as a journalist and editor at several newspapers in Oregon before working as the Public Affairs Manager for Portland Community College. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and is the communications director for the city.
Published June 15, 2010 by Minotaur Books. 528 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though initially an unwilling participant in the investigation of the Oregon crash, Tomzak soon demonstrates his expertise not only in preserving the crash site but also in connecting a seemingly endless and random series of evidentiary dots.

Oct 03 2011 | Read Full Review of Crashers

Oregon Live

Even though readers know who caused the crash and how (though not why), it is interesting to see how the team of crashers operates, systematically re-creating and examining every particle of the disaster -- even charting the course of shrapnel through the bodies of all the passengers.

Jun 19 2010 | Read Full Review of Crashers

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