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Terror Comes Knocking
Author: Aaron Paul Lazar
From the author of Healey’s Cave comes another dramatic mystery thriller starting our favorite retired doctor Sam Moore. As the story unfolds Sam and Rachel are attending his late brother Billy’s funeral and the thoughts that have revolved in his mind for over fifty years come flooding through. From the reasons why he never learned of his brother’s death to the causes and who was responsible for his makeshift burial, Sam is trying to come to grips with the past as he tries to move forward in the present. Small distractions do not help, taking care of his grandchildren is a joy but fear and worry once again enter when Rachel cannot locate or get in touch with their daughter Beth. When a close friend and her roommate call to speak with Beth as Sam’s home, learning that she is not there alerts her friend and of course Sam that something is wrong. Contacting Beth’s boss brings to light that she just might be missing and hoping to collaborate his thoughts with her friend Zafina might shed light on her disappearance.
Going out to the garden after breakfast with his green marble in his hand he hopes to reconnect with Billy up in heaven hoping he will help him find Beth. Terror Comes Knocking in more than one way as Beth’s Egyptian roommate Zafina Azziz arrives and is concerned about Beth. Throughout dinner you get the feeling that Hashim her brother seems uncomfortable and Beth is holding something back. When the truth about Beth and Zafina’s relationship is revealed Sam becomes more concerned. Would Beth as her friend reveals have a fight over a man? Would she disappear and how can his connection with Billy bring to light her whereabouts as the author also shares a dream he has where Billy allows Sam to see Beth but has no idea where she is or why she is do unhappy. Recalling her boss and her landlord reveals that she is missing and that’s all. As Sam falls back into the past he does not hear Rachel in the present as he relives and event in the schoolyard, a fight with another student and the end result is not what you would expect as the marble pulls him back again and in the present a crisis arises. Rachel falls, dislocates both shoulders and the result is surgery and Sam has to tend to her needs. When Zafina shows up at his house and offers to help him out what is her motive and why does Sam seem to think she is coming on to him? But something is off and when the truth about Beth and Zafina’s relationship is revealed Sam has a lot to take in and the end result was not what he expected. Calling in the police would be difficult when contacted them in New York but with the help of his friend and Senator Bruce McDonald he hoped to learn more.
But, an incident occurs in town that alerts the reader, Sam and the Presidential hopeful that terrorism knows now boundaries and might have just arrived at their front door. An explosion destroys the cleaners and the man who owns is arrested on the spot but did he do it as Sam sees the desperate look of fear in his eyes when he is taken away. Added in is the sudden disappearance of his son, Andy in Iraq, Rachel’s injuries and the disappearance of Beth being looked into by the FBI? A flashback occurs stronger than ever before and Sam sees his friend Fletcher Biddle and learns what really happened to the kittens, who killed them but hears Billy’s voice promising him that Andy just might be okay. But, what about Beth? What is the link between Beth, Zafina and her brother whose behavior seems odd? A strong circle of fear engulfs Sam and the pain in the pit of his stomach often lets him know that something is wrong. With no ransom note in sight, no kidnappers calling where could Beth be and why does Sam see her in a small room resembling a prison cell? What connection does the explosion have to do with the President coming to town the following week and will more explosions take place. The President is supposed to attend the Art Center’s opening gala and the town is excited will they be able to provide the protection he needs?
But, when the man arrested for the bombing gets ill and Sam is called to the prison to assist in his care what happens strikes more fear within his heart as the end result is fatal, the reason for his death a possible murder, and the end result might link everything to Beth, the bomb and the President’s visit the following week. So, just where does Zafina and her brother fit in? But, she and her friends has many meetings and get-togethers and their relationship with the other tenants in the building was not friendly. Witnessing Zafina move her brother out of the apartment would alert the janitor and create suspicion as tot the quantity of things moved and what they were. Added in as he learns from the FBI is the fact that although she enrolled in school, Zafina never attended classes during the new semester. What was her secret, was she a terrorist and what about her caring for Rachel? Family members were deported for suspicion of terrorism and now Sam would have to decide whether she was one too. Was Rachel’s accident really an accident, what about Beth and what Zafina claims was their relationship and so called fight? What about why she is really here?
Lies have been told and deceits well orchestrated and just what is the truth behind Beth’s disappearance, her relationship with this girl and what is Sam’s plan to uncover the truth? Should Sam confront them both and find out the truth alone? Is it safe explaining her inconsistent behavior towards Rachel and to him? But, what he sees when he enters his apartment will definitely shock Sam and the reader wondering exactly who they are, what her relationship is to this man named Hashim? When the truth is revealed what will Sam think and do? But, what Zafina reveals changes things greatly as she relates some information about Beth but is it true? With Hashim working for Bruce and the lies told when Sam tells him the story what will the end result be?
When Sam comes face to face with the truth, who is behind what happened to Beth will it be too late for him to find her? What will the FBI do with the information they uncovered and will the President be safe when he arrives in Conaroga, New York the following week? The links in the chain are coming closer together and the welder will either solder them so tightly they will never come apart or will they finally come lose and be sent in many different directions? What happens when Sam tries to go after the terrorists and find Beth? Just who is next on their hit list and who is behind the plot to destroy the President?
Just what happens to Beth, Sam and Bruce you won’t expect and just what does this 62 year old retired doctor do to prove that he is not down and out and a force to be reckoned with? Can he stop the plot in time or is it too late? An ending so explosive and terrifying will anyone survive the blast? Just what happens when all is said and done and the fires are put out and the damage is cleaned up? Is Zafina a friend or behind the plot? What about Hashim and the students and will the final plot be foiled? Read Terror Comes Knocking and find out if the plot to destroy the President comes to pass. Sometimes when a caller comes knocking at your door you might consider keeping it locked. Fast paced, true to life, definitely high tension and seriously up there with the best mystery/thriller writers author Aaron Paul Lazar’s green marble series is one of the best I have reviewed in a long time. Let’s hope Sam keeps coming back for more and let’s not forget the green marble and Billy.
Fran Lewis: Reviewer
Let’s give this book: Five More Green Marbles and one more for me.