J.E. Fishman taps NYPD Bomb Squad commander to craft realistic, action-packed series
While much has been made about New York City's police force, firefighters and forensic teams, little has been written about one of the city's most elite forces: the NYPD Bomb Squad. Native New Yorker and author J.E. Fishman looks to change that as he honors this special unit of the NYPD by penning the first-ever series of novels based on its exploits, titled "Bomb Squad NYC."
To write the series, Fishman worked closely with highly experienced technical advisor Lieutenant Mark Torre, who has been commander of the NYPD Bomb Squad headquartered in Manhattan's West Village for the past decade.
The second book in the series, "Bomb Squad NYC Incident 2: Death March," is now available. "Death March" begins on the eve of the famed Thanksgiving Day Parade, when a credible tip comes in from national intelligence sources: Abu al Djenne, a master bomb maker from the radical Islamist group known as Sons of Bilal, plans to disrupt the event in spectacular fashion while causing mass casualties. The mayor won't cancel the parade, so it falls to the NYPD bomb techs to protect millions of spectators strung along the two-and-a-half-mile parade route. Only hours before the parade will begin, explosions start going off, forcing Bomb Squad techs to scramble to investigate. Will they crack the case before hundreds of thousands lose their lives in the greatest conflagration New York has ever seen?
The first book in the series, "A Danger to Himself and Others" released in early March of 2014, and was met with positive reviews. Foreword magazine stated "... Fishman stares convention in the face and manages to mix a true entertainment gumbo in 'A Danger to Himself and Others.'" The next book in the series, "Blast from the Past" (September 15, 2014), follows Detective Kieran Lehane, a Bomb Squad veteran, who finds himself in danger for getting too close to the truth on an old case that supposedly had been solved.
To accompany the series, Fishman wrote the Amazon best-selling nonfiction book "Dynamite: A Concise History of the NYPD Bomb Squad" (Verbitrage, Nov. 3, 2013). Starting in an era of horse-drawn carriages and ending in the Jet Age, Dynamite is the most comprehensive history every written about the oldest bomb squad in the world.
"I feel honored to write about the NYPD Bomb Squad," says Fishman, who was inspired to create the series after meeting squad members stationed down the street from his apartment in the West Village. "These individuals are unsung heroes of New York, working hard behind the scenes to keep a great city safe."
J.E. Fishman, a former New York literary agent and Doubleday editor, now writes full time. His debut novel "Primacy" (Verbitrage, September 2011) was critically acclaimed - Kirkus called it "more fun than a barrel of overgrown monkeys" and Publishers Weekly called it "an appealing debut thriller." He is also the author of the mystery Cadaver Blues: A Phuoc Goldberg Fiasco (StoneGate Ink, October 2012), and the financial thriller "The Dark Pool" (StoneGate Ink, February 2013). When he isn't working on the next installment in the "Bomb Squad NYC" series, he contributes to The Huffington Post and the online literary magazine The Nervous Breakdown. Fishman, a long time resident of the New York area, now splits his time between Manhattan and Chadds Ford, Pa. Learn more at www.bombsquadnyc.com.