The Manhattan Project
Black & White, paperback, 367 pages, €12.99
Tsan Yohoto, a Japanese pharmaceutical billionaire and a survivor of the Hiroshima atom bomb, has nursed a life-long grudge against the United States for killing the rest of his family. Together with a number of like-minded mega-wealthy compatriots he has hatched a plan to bring a bioterrorism disaster to New York with the help of Al Qaida, who have a small army of radicalised young men all over America. Yohoto’s men also manage to coerce a successful Lebanese fast-food entrepreneur into helping his effort to introduce a medical meltdown throughout the city, threatening millions of lives.
John Wise, a New York cop, is the only man who suspects the city is under attack, but can he persuade the authorities of the imminent catastrophe? The author has a terrific premise, but the action flags a little through the over-exposition of the marketing elements of the story.