Plot SummaryEdit

Amazon UK: What would cause someone to want so many people, surely many of them strangers, to slaughter each other?' The scene that greets Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her team one terrible evening in New York is more shocking than any of them have ever witnessed. The usually comfortable downtown bar is strewn with bodies - office workers who have been sliced, bludgeoned or hacked to death with the nearest weapon available. It appears they all turned on each other in a desperate blinding rage. As Eve and her husband Roarke - who owned the bar among his many properties - investigate the big-business workers of the city, they link the attacks back to the Urban Wars and the chemical warfare used all those years ago. With another slaughter imminent, Eve must turn to unexpected sources in order to stop a killer who is getting revenge by creating mass carnage...[1]

Publishers Weekly: Eve discovers a possible link to the apocalyptic Red Horse cult, which orchestrated attacks with airborne hallucinogens during the Urban Wars of the early 21st century (before c. 2020).[2]

Review from OnceUponATwilight: This time New York is under attack with what seems to be terrorists with a connection to a very dark past, able to maneuver people's actions by using their own fears and kill each other. This connection to the past is so bad that is has even affected the unshakable Summerset, to the point that Dallas has given him a truce. They need to find out if there is a resurgence of the evil history or some copycat is using the same MO to hide their own agenda.[3]

Review from LikesBooks: The tox results reveal that the victims injected a potent cocktail of distilled LSD, Zeus (a fictional drug found in the In Death books), mushrooms, and synthetic enhancers. The motives and suspects are murky, but the danger is obvious. Releasing too many details to the public could cause widespread panic. Any public, enclosed space could become a drug-crazed battlefield. The word “terrorism” gets bandied about. Summerset provides Eve with an early clue: A couple of similar incidents happened years earlier, during the Urban Wars. Eve is still reeling somewhat from her experiences in Dallas (two books ago), where she came face to face with her mother. Roarke puts his foot down and makes her go talk to Mira, who helps her sort through some of the difficult emotions.[4]

Review from ErrantDreams: The chemicals are fast-acting and deadly, allowing the killer to strike quickly and decisively—anywhere, anytime. It’s an act of terrorism by its very definition, but when the killer strikes a second time, targeting people who overlap strongly in their occupations, employers, and area of residence with the first victims, Eve becomes convinced that the killer is going after personal enemies, despite the wide swath of destruction. There’s an additional character from 2060’s equivalent of Homeland Security who keeps things interesting.[5]


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Approximate Story Start Date: The last quarter of the year (October or November) 2060[6]

Day 1Edit

  • On the Rocks on Manhattan’s Lower West Side catered to white-collar working stiffs who wanted half-price drinks and some cheesy rice balls while they bitched about their bosses or hit on a coworker. Or the execs who wanted a couple of quick belts close to the office before their commute to the ’burbs.[7]
  • At seventeen-thirty-two Wendy McMahon tags her sister, starts off telling her about some guy she met upstairs. Then she says how she’s getting a damn headache, and by seventeen-thirty-three later, she’s bitching at her sister.[8]
  • Officers Franks and Riley log out for their break at seventeen-forty-five. In less than five minutes, they observe a female backing away from the door of On the Rocks. She is screaming. Officers call it in, call for medicals.[9]
  • Visual estimate of more than eighty victims, multiple and varied injuries. Male and female, multiple races, unknown age span. The scene has been compromised by medical personnel treating and removing eight or ten survivors.[10]
  • Peabody arrives, so Dallas tells her to ”call in Baxter, Trueheart, Jenkinson, Reineke. I want Morris on scene. Find the owner, and any staff not working tonight."[11]
  • Feeney, Roarke and McNab are working with electronics.[12]
  • Dallas is requesting Code Blue and full team briefing at Central twenty-two-thirty, then drew out her communicator and contacted her commander on her way to the Tribeca Health Center to see if any of the survivors can talk to police.[13]
  • News from the hospital is not good. "One was DOA (Dead On Arrival), two died of their injuries. We got three in surgery now, another in pre-op, and one in coma... (other two) are in Exam Three and Four." Dr. Tribido [14]
  • The survivors' stories don't really make any sense, but Dallas is able to conclude the poison was not in food or drinks.
  • The morgue has a busy night too. Morris confirms people were slaughtering each other. He also has first lab results. Every sample so far shows traces of a complicated cocktail of chemicals on the skin, in the mouth and throat, etc. Victims breathed it in. [15]
  • Cocktail is a bastardization of Zeus, LSD, Rush, peyote, synthetic adrenaline, and testosterone, plus yet unidentified elements. [16]
  • Morris wonders how the poison was released, how X escaped the results and why the symptoms reversed in a relatively short amount of time. [17]
  • Dallas wonders who thinks of this shit? It worked so well, why stop now? [18]
  • ”She went straight to her office, ignoring everything else – and did what she rarely did.  She shut the door.  Inside the small space with its single skinny window, she dropped down at her desk.  And she ignored her flashing message light on her desk ‘link. For the next fifteen minutes, if she could manage it, she wanted to concentrate on putting everything she knew, had seen, had confirmed, every detail, every conversation, every speculation into words.”[19]
  • Roarke shows up and tells EDD doesn't have anything new. Dallas agrees with him Roarke was not main target.
  • Roarke has flashback of his childhood in Dublin where Urban Wars were not fully over.

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