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Chris Kyle is the author of the #1 bestselling memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.
Chris Kyle: Last summer I got a chance to work with Dick Wolf on NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes, which raised much-needed awareness of veteran’s charities. You know Dick from some of the best shows on TV—Law & Order and more—but it turns out he’s a helluva thriller writer, too. His first book, The Intercept, is a kickass story about an NYPD detective on the hunt for a group of terrorists who have sneaked into the U.S. without getting noticed. There’s an exciting sniper shootout in the middle of Times Square, a scene where they flush a suspect out of a small hotel in Manhattan, and a final chase through downtown right before a dedication ceremony at Ground Zero. This has ‘big hit’ written all over it.
Detective Jeremy Fisk is an effective hero, a street-smart New Yorker who can step back and see the whole picture – the threats others are overlooking. How did his character evolve? What kind of skills does he need to succeed in counter terrorism?
Dick Wolf: I had inspiration from specific detectives I have known over the years. The chief skill needed for counter-terrorism is the ability to think totally out of the box. Detectives have to look for solutions to problems that have never been encountered. And it is especially difficult fighting enemies who think that dying is a positive, not a negative.
CK: How do you think the fans of the Law & Order TV shows will react to The Intercept?
DW: I hope they’ll be pleased. I think they’re getting a book that shares Law & Order’s procedural “leanness” with an extra shot of character.
CK: I’m a Texan through and through, but I have to admit that your native New York City is a great setting. What’s unusual about tracking terrorists in American cities vs. other places in the world?
DW: It’s a lot more difficult to track foreigners in a country, like the US, that is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural environment as opposed to more insular foreign countries where foreigners stand out.
CK: Since I got out of the Navy, I’ve been lucky enough to meet a lot of terrific law-enforcement snipers. The sniper scene in Times Square is very cinematic, yet also disturbingly real. How did you come up with that?
DW: One shot, one kill is not only a dramatically satisfying concept, it’s also cinematic. I’m thrilled by your reaction to the sequence, since it’s actually my favorite moment in the book.
CK: In Iraq we had very strict rules of engagement. Do you think a detective is ever justified in bending the law?
DW: Yes, I do. You don’t want cowboys in counter-terrorism, but you certainly want officers who think independently and sometimes cross lines to save others.
CK: Any chance we’ll get to see The Intercept on TV or the movie screen?
DW: I certainly hope so. That would be a great bonus to what’s already been an extremely pleasant experience.
CK: Do you have plans for more books?
DW: Absolutely. I'm already working on the next one with Jeremy Fisk!
Great story. I read this in just a couple of days which means I didn't get some work done.
Plotting is strong and the characters present themselves as someone you may... Read more
Dick Wolf has done it again. This book was a pure "page turner". Just what a mystery thriller should be.Published 18 days ago by Nancy Newman
May the real cops of this country have as much success as Det. Fisk without the heartache. May the world live in peace.Published 21 days ago by Rabid Reader
The book had a lot of twists. The author did a fabulous job to mislead the readers of the true villain.Published 23 days ago by Julian J.
Fast moving, quick paced, thriller with a few twists. Doesn't meander and doesn't suffer from the all too common unrealistic plots of today's action novels.Published 1 month ago by Chris Athanasia
I recommend this intriguing novel to anyone who loves a "can't wait to find out what happens" . The subject is very timely and frightening. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan Howard
I like Amerca based stories.
The story(stories in the story) keeps moving with action and thought provoking details.
It was a great premise, well executed story. Very likable characters and a very believable plot. The story flowed well and had a nice surprise as to whom the bad guy was. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tina Darby