The Firefly: A Novel

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Macmillan, Dec 8, 2003 - Fiction - 387 pages
9 Reviews
At midnight, in a secret medical clinic in Washington, D.C., two foreign doctors and their team are completing plastic surgery on an anonymous client who is changing the appearance of his face, among other things. After the procedure, the client begins to stir-and suddenly the operating room erupts in violence and the clinic is ablaze.

Washington police conduct an arson investigation, with inconclusive results. But one tantalizing fragment of evidence suggests that a terrorist bombing may be imminent. The presidential inauguration is quickly approaching and Washington's police, fire, intelligence, military, federal, and White House security teams are making frantic preparations. Because of the strain on manpower, retired Secret Service agent Swamp Morgan is recalled to active duty. His task: investigate the incineration of the medical clinic as a "firefly"- Washington-speak for something that looks like a threat but isn't.

As Swamp begins what he thinks is a routine check-and-dismiss, the clinic's missing client begins preparations for his mission: to launch an attack on the American government - a decapitation strike intended to wipe out both the outgoing and incoming administrations. As the crucial day approaches, Swamp, the only agent to take the firefly seriously, must operate alone as the clock clicks down to a breathtaking finale.

Filled with brilliant twists and turns and heart-in-your throat suspense, Firefly offers first class entertainment from beginning to end.

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Review: The Firefly: A Novel

User Review  - Joan - Goodreads

Surprise ending that wasn't quite believable, but a fast read if you like Homeland Security/Secret Service types of books. Read full review

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User Review  - Pamela - Goodreads

Having been thoroughly impressed with Deutermann's military suspense novels, I thought 'The Firefly' would be an enthralling read. However, I was so disappointed I gave up reading about one-forth into ... Read full review

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P.T. Deutermann spent twenty-six years in government service before retiring to begin his writing career. He is the author of eight previous suspense novels. He lives with his wife on their family farm in Georgia.

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