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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451410084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451410085
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

An intricate and explosive thriller involving money laundering, murder, drug trafficking and used parts fraud, Heitman's second novel (Hard Landing) finds gutsy airline manager Alex Shanahan in peril and embroiled in a mystery once again. Despite her lack of any formal investigative skills, and only days before beginning a new job in Detroit, Alex heads to Miami following the inexplicable murder of her friend and former coworker, John McTavish. Her only leads are a charred aircraft logbook and a diamond ring, both confiscated from an Ecuadorian plane crash and sent to her by John prior to his death. When she unwisely decides to follow a suspect to a remote salvage yard, she meets and teams up with retired FBI agent Jack Dolan, who is coincidentally there to investigate the deaths of two police officers. Together they discover what John had stumbled upon a black market for used aircraft parts masterminded by a notorious drug lord and a bloodthirsty Vietnam veteran. Heitman pilots this mystery with a sure hand, her airline experience and in-depth knowledge of the multi-million dollar "used parts" business lending it a chilling reality. Her diverse cast of supporting characters including a beautiful money laundress, a power-hungry FBI rookie and a young computer whiz round out this tightly woven, compelling read. (Feb.)Forecast: Heitman's star is poised to take off, but her latest may encounter some turbulence on the way to the bestseller lists due to its timing and sensitive subject matter. Although some readers will be put off by a book involving plane crashes and illegal parts scams, others will be drawn in by John J. Nance's cover quote and become hooked by the author's evocative prose.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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...intricate and explosive... -- Publishers Weekly, starred review, January 21, 2002

More About the Author

Lynne Heitman was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She attended Southern Methodist University where she completed her bachelors and masters degrees, both in business administration, and spent one season as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.


After graduating, she went to work for a major airline in the finance department. Her career in the airline business spanned fourteen years and included a variety of assignments in finance, operations, and human resources. Her last assignment was as the airline's general manager at Boston's Logan Airport. Logan became the setting for her first novel.


Lynne left the airline and moved to the Pacific Northwest to take a job with a small engineering consulting firm. When the company announced plans to relocate two years later, she chose to stay in Seattle, took a severance package, and used the time off to launch her writing career. She drew upon her experiences in the airline business to create the character of Alex Shanahan, the airline-manager-turned-PI, featured in her four thrillers. The second book in the series, PARTS UNKNOWN (previously TARMAC), was named by Publisher's Weekly as one of the year's best, and her short story EXIT INTERVIEW was published in the BOSTON NOIR anthology.


After six years in Seattle, Lynne moved back to the Boston area where she lives today with her family.

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The characters are believable and very real.
Lisa Svensson
I really loved the book and look forward to reading Lynne Heitman's next installment of Alex Shanahan's adventures.
"luckylax"
The story moves at a fast and exciting pace with lots of twists and turns.
"glons"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "luckylax" on April 19, 2002
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Second in a great mystery series, Tarmac takes you into the realm of stolen aircraft parts, drugs and murder. The lead charater in the series is Alex Shanahan, a airline executive with a nose for business and detective work. In Tarmac, she investigates a friend's murder in Miami. With the assistance of a former FBI agent and a quirky computer hack, the heroine courageously takes on the FBI, drug lords, and the airline 'old boy' system.
The author, a former airline executive, gives you some 'inside' information about the airlines, such as the large blackmarket on airline parts. In Tarmac, you get to know more about Alex and what makes her tick. The other characters in the book are interesting and at the end you hope to see them in future books.
I really loved the book and look forward to reading Lynne Heitman's next installment of Alex Shanahan's adventures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Duffy on May 7, 2002
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Lynne Heitman has done it again. She has written a story I couldn't put down. Lynne Heitman has a real gift for creating fast paced thrillers that pull you into the lives of her characters. After reading Hard Landing and Tarmac I feel I know Alex Shanahan and care about what happens to her next. The only thing bad about Tarmac was finishing it. I can't wait for her next book to come out. If you are looking to read a fast paced credible mystery this is it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Griffiths on April 6, 2002
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Having been enthralled by Heitman's first novel (Hard Landing) only last week, I rushed out and got Tarmac.
When John McTavish - a key ally of airline manager Alex Shanahan in Hard Landing - is murdered in Miami and the local cops say he was there on a drug buy, Alex decides to head to Miami herself. She knows that the drug story is preposterous, plus she has mysterious evidence that the cops don't - before his murder, John sent her the fire-damaged logbook from a downed `plane in Ecuador and a huge $25,000 diamond ring. After foolishly exposing herself to great danger, she teams up with Jack Dolan, a retired but flawed FBI agent and jointly they realize that John's murder could be tied to the illegal and highly dangerous business of recycling used, damaged, and even crashed airline parts and passing them off as new. Their investigation leads them into a confusing and threatening world involving a fearsome drug dealer, a nasty and brutal Vietnam vet, other dubious characters, and a brilliant, tricky young computer-whiz.
As with Hard Landing, Heitman has done an excellent job in crafting a thriller full of intrigue, corruption, and conspiracy that culminates in a surprising ending. The ending though, is not quite as satisfying as that of Hard Landing - Tarmac's seems a little contrived whereas that of Hard Landing - while surprising - was rock solid. I wonder whether this difference is related to the fact that, in Hard Landing, Heitman was writing about airport operations - in which she has direct experience - whereas, in Tarmac, she's reaching into the world of money laundering, drug trafficking, law enforcement, and airline parts.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Ramthun on April 16, 2002
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Lynne Heitman really knows how to knock off some socks. Tarmac is a great mystery that includes a heroine so real that I wondered, after the book was over, what Alex is doing right now.
About a third of the way into the book Alex Shanahan follows a suspect down a dark Florida road and an action sequence kicks in that grabs you by the throat and won't let go. The set-up to the mystery is elegant but the action -- and the characters -- really hooked me. The intensity only tightens until it's like a gun pointed at your head. I couldn't stop reading after the half-way point, and that's my favorite kind of story. Best of all, I didn't want the book to end when it was over.
I'll be waiting impatiently for the next in the series to arrive. Don't miss this one, it's a keeper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann on May 29, 2002
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What a great book! I love this genre and love this book. It has everything I look for. It is an absorbing and fast read but not too short or too long. Heitman is a wonderful writer and has an amazing descriptive talent that makes the characters and settings come alive. I found the story line engrossing with enough turns to keep me interested and not certain where it was going but avoiding the unbelievable, totally out of left field endings that some other authors rely on. And I like the main characters. The good guys are flawed enough to be real but utterly sympathetic and likeable. I highly recommend TARMAC.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "glons" on April 28, 2002
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I thought Miss Heitman's "Hard Landing" was superb but she has surpassed herself with her new book "Tarmac"!! I promise you the ride of your life and it's the kind of book you won't want to put down for a second. The story moves at a fast and exciting pace with lots of twists and turns. The characters are finely drawn and I especially liked the computer guru. I highly recommend "Tarmac" and am looking forward to Miss Heitman's next book with Alex.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine W. Roberts on April 18, 2002
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HOW EXCITING TO HAVE ANOTHER BOOK BY LYNN HEITMAN. TARMAC WAS FILLED WITH SUSPENSE, INTERESTING CHARACTERS, AND A FAST-MOVING PLOT. LYNN HAS SUPERIOR KNOWLEGE OF THE "BEHIND THE SCENES" NET WORK AND SHOWS THIS IN HER CHARACTERS AND PLOTS.
I HOPE SHE HAS ALMOST FINISHED HER NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES AS I CAN HARDLY WAIT TO READ IT.
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