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Author One-on-One: Dick Wolf and Chris Kyle

Dick WolfChris Kyle

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!

From Booklist

Wolf’s espionage and police-procedural hybrid combines the brainy suspense and unfiltered social commentary found in the best Law & Order episodes with perfectly calibrated action. Six run-of-the-mill passengers on a Stockholm-to-Newark flight subdue a hijacker, foiling an obvious al-Qaeda plot to destroy the Freedom Tower just before its July 4 dedication. But, after interrogating the hijacker, NYPD Intelligence Division detectives Jeremy Fisk and Krina Gersten are convinced that the hijacker’s weak discipline cloaks a greater plot. With Gersten guarding the Six as they run the gauntlet of media appearances, Fisk hunts indicators of a large-scale attack. He soon focuses on another passenger, a Saudi with tribal connections to both Osama bin Laden and the hijacker, tracking him as he methodically wakes sleeper agents scattered throughout the city. A subtle underlayer examines the experiences that can morph people into terrorists and the stereotypes that both aid and inhibit their capture. Readers will be fascinated with the inner workings of the Intel Division, modeled on the CIA, and by the full-sensory description of New York. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: As the creator of television’s Law & Order franchise, Wolf knows his crime, and his first novel is being treated as a major media event. Expect attention to be paid everywhere type is set, film is shot, and bytes are bit. --Christine Tran

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Product Details

  • Series: Jeremy Fisk Novels (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (December 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062064835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062064837
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (640 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #846,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By N. Bilmes VINE VOICE on December 19, 2012
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Clinically, this thriller has everything a hit thriller should have: short chapters, sex, violence, action, lots of dialogue, cat-and-mouse intrigue, red herrings, timeliness...But the core of the book simply isn't here. Jeremy Fisk is the leading man and is in about 50% of the book. But when he's there, it feels like we're watching a character on a TV show where there's no time to show us information about the character, and instead we're just told about him. Same thing goes for his female love interest. Their relationship has no heat, and no spark. It's just there, and we're supposed to accept it. Jeremy Fisk is a cold fish leading man. Imagine a clinically perfect actor on stage in a play who delivers every line perfectly, but has no passion. You might appreciate the performance but you're not going to love it. Even the bad guys have no real fire.

Overall, what this novel lacks is emotion in any form. If it has that spark it could have been great, but since it doesn't have emotional impact it's a solid 3 stars.
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The Intercept is Dick Wolf's -- the creator of the hit TV series, Law & Order -- first time at bat as a novelist. Given his background as a successful TV writer and producer, Wolf knows how to come up with an entertaining plot that will keep the reader interested in turning the pages to find out what happens next. The basis of the plot can be read about in Amazon's Book Summary above.

However, Wolf's inexperience as a novelist shows through in too many instances to make The Intercept, in my opinion, anything more than an okay read. One key reason for this is that his main character, Jermey Fisk, and most of his secondary characters never really came alive for me. A second major reason is that Wolf's writing style always made me feel that "I was an outsider looking in" regarding the plot rather than as a person "right there" in the middle of the action as it was taking place. And, the third main reason is that while the plot had its share of twists and turns, I found most of them to be predictable.

All in all, I consider The Intercept to have been enjoyable enough to keep my interest but there was little about it that separates it from the pack of thrillers in this genre to make it memorable and highly recommendable.
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Dick Wolf's novel, The Intercept, is a tale of jihadists pursued by NYPD detective Jeremy Fisk. Jeremy is a detective in the New York intelligence division working to prevent another attack like 9/11 on New York City. The plot is complex as befits a plan by bin Laden to avenge the attacks on Islam by the West.

Jeremy and his partner, Kristen Gersten are in a race against time to solve a terrorist plot that somehow is clearly intended to mark the anniversary of 9/11 with a new outrage. The stage is set when Fisk discovers a fragment of a coded message taken when Osama bin Laden was assassinated that speaks to a new and devious plot to forever weaken the spirit of the secular western world.

Shortly after the message is found, a clueless jihadist attempts to hijack a plane bound for New York. His efforts are foiled by passengers on the plane, who become instant heroes. It's soon made clear that the would-be hijacker is not and was never a serious threat, but is part of a more complex plot. There was another passenger on the plane who disappears into the city and he becomes the subject of a manhunt. This passenger takes delivery of plastic explosive. He, too, is foiled, but this, too, appears to be a ploy. There is another jihadist, not so easily profiled, and his target is not made clear until almost the end.

All in all, this is an exciting thriller, filled with suspense. It reads a lot like a screenplay. This is no surprise coming as it does from the creator of the Law and Order series. The plot line is over-complex, but this is in keeping with the deviousness of the planned attack. The characterizations could have had more depth but I still had a good sense of who each person was. I hope Mr. Wolf continues to write novels.
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Although I've never been a regular watcher of any of the Law & Orders, I was intrigued at the thought of a novel by one of the key players in the franchise. Although I'd never go as far as to say the book was bad, it was just kind of ho-hum. I knew who the ultimate bad guy was from the first page he was introduced. Dr. Phil always says one of the best ways to tell when someone is lying is by how much extra detail is provided. I've found many writers to be the same way. Their "tell" is providing more detail in comparison with other characters or situations.

One of the things that bothered me about the book was what was probably a bad editing error that I just couldn't shake. Here's a timeline that shows the problem:

Part 1, Pre-Chapter: date is given as September 2009
Part 1, Chapter 2: Fisk sustains an ankle injury playing basketball
Part 2, Pre-Chapter: date is given as October 2009
Part 3, Pre-Chapter: date is given as May 2011
Part 4, Pre-Chapter: date is given as "a few years later". I think 2014 would be the earliest "a few years later" would be, since I would think "a couple" would be 2013.
Part 4, Chapter 16: Fisk tells Jenssen that he injured his ankle a year ago when it was actually at least 5 years earlier

This error left me with the impression that maybe chapters were written out of sequence, which might have been why the whole book seemed disjointed to me.

I also was very frustrated by the murder of one of the "good guys". I remember a writing class from high school and being told it was a cheap cop out to kill off a character just for the drama, and that's what this felt like.
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