I want a sense of urgency in every scene I write: a frantic motorcycle chase, a fight against overwhelming odds, a friend in peril, a nation under the gun, or a ticking bomb on an aircraft. Over nearly thirty years hunting violent criminals, my partners and I felt that urgency countless times—to capture our fugitive before he hurt someone else.
Day Zero opens with the venerable Emiko Miyagi, Quinn’s teacher and friend, in Pakistan, surrounded by men who want to kill her as she searches for the man who can link the President of the United States to a terrorist cell. Jericho Quinn is in a remote Eskimo village in Alaska, healing from his last fight in Japan. He’s still a fugitive, framed for murder by the corrupt administration that will stop at nothing to rid itself of any political opposition. No one associated with Quinn is safe and he realizes the only way to protect his seven-year-old daughter is to get her out of the country on a massive Airbus A-380 bound for Russia. Planning to take care of two problems at once, the administration dispatches a group of Hui Chinese terrorists to detonate a bomb on board the aircraft—hoping to blow Quinn and six hundred others out of the sky, while pushing the United States into war. Following Quinn is his ex-wife, Ronnie Garcia, Deputy U.S. Marshal Gus Bowen, and of course, Gunny Jacques Thibodaux.
Day Zero takes readers from Pakistan, to a remote villages in Alaska (where I’ve spent many wonderful weeks with my Yup’ik friends), to Byzantine the hallways of Washington, D.C. (where I’ve spent many not so wonderful weeks), to secret prisons run by corrupt men, and from 37,000 feet to the frigid waters of the Bering Sea.
I’ve seen my share of evil men and violent conflict, and I hope these experiences inform my novels. A reader once told me she read my books through splayed fingers, afraid of what she might find on the next page. Frankly, that’s what I’m going for. If I’ve done my job correctly, each of Jericho’s adventures is a ticking clock or a countdown toward a final explosive ending…in Day Zero, I mean that literally.