From Publishers Weekly
Had the New York Police Department's Emergency Service Unit (ESU) not done its job on July 31, 1997, the subway tunnels in New York City would have been ground zero. The would-be suicide bombers—two young Palestinians with homegrown rage but no ties to al-Qaeda—lived in Brooklyn, near a radical mosque; a nearby tenant, an Egyptian immigrant, in fear himself of authorities, revealed the plot to law enforcement. Veteran security affairs author Katz provides a cops'-eye view of the case, with affectionate, detailed profiles of the men and processes involved, and a moment-by-moment account of the planning and execution of an elaborate raid. A large bomb was found and detonated safely; one plotter was shot at close range (and police wondered if they themselves would be prosecuted) but survived. Katz's attempts to get inside the bombers' heads miss (he didn't interview them), but he provides important details of a case that police considered a tragically ignored wake-up call. One of the men got two life sentences, the other spent 36 months in prison and was then deported to the Palestinian territories. Photos not seen by PW
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About the Author
Samuel M. Katz has written numerous books and articles on international terrorism and law enforcement. His articles have appeared in magazines around the world, from Esquire
to Jane's Intelligence Review
. He created two episodes of A&E's Investigative Reports
, as well as a three-part series on counter-terrorism for The Learning Channel
. He has appeared on the BBC and Fox News as a guest expert on counterterrorism.