Mystery Maralys Wills Scatterpath: A Novel

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Scatterpath: A Novel

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The freak accidents keep happening - crashes and near crashes, on-board computers going haywire - but only on Airtech aircraft, and only on its new "fly-by-wire" planes. Is it a faulty design in software, pilot error, or something far more sinister?
Investigations of black boxes and analysis of computer programs turn up nothing. Only Air Safety Investigator Alan Wilcox, operating on gut instinct, senses the ominous truth - someone, somewhere, is sabotaging these airplanes. In the face of massive disbelief by his colleagues, in danger of sacrificing a family that is coming apart at the seams, one lone safety inspector takes on the aviation community, the FAA, and the National Transportation Safety Board, searching for pieces of the diabolical puzzle.
As he matches wits with a computer genius on the edge of insanity, Wilcox becomes obsessed with stopping these mysterious and unreasonable happenings. Torn between his obligation to save human lives, and the need to rescue the son he feels slipping away, Wilcox races against the clock, trying to uncover the obscene plan before another passenger plane is strewn across the countryside and more people are killed.
Written with unbeatable authenticity this chilling "civilian" techno-thriller plays on our worst fears about safety in the air. The inside politics of the aviation community, the workings of the agencies involved, the fascinating procedures of crash investigations, all provide a backdrop for this riveting suspense novel. Scatterpath does for aviation what John Grisham's The Firm did for the legal profession.

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Sadly lacking in tension and credibility, Wills's debut technothriller is set in the contemporary U.S., where disasters and near-misses plague the history of a new plane. Are the problems due to pilot error, material flaws--or something more sinister? Alan Wilcox, a crack investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, suspects sabotage. He uncovers two possible suspects: the vice-president of an aircraft manufacturer on the brink of bankruptcy, and a psychotic computer genius. Working madly to identify the saboteur, Wilcox must also deal with skeptical superiors, a son involved with drugs and a wife resentful of his devotion to his career. Wills's descriptions of crash-investigation procedures are informative. But the characters are two-dimensional, the corporate and bureaucratic backgrounds vital to the story are neither clear nor convincing, and the plot never rises above the level of melodrama informed by pop-psychology. The novel's domestic scenes are more compelling than Wilcox's search for the villain--a fatal flaw in a book that purports to be an adventure.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The title of this taut tale of post-crash investigations refers to an airplane wreckage site. When the National Transportation Safety Board's Alan Wilcox becomes suspicious of unlikely coincidences in several air accidents and near-disasters, he follows clues that provide intriguing behind-the-scenes details about the aviation industry. Deftly probing the economic, political, and technical realities of airplane manufacturing and operation, he races against time to determine whether material defects, assembly shortcuts, or criminal sabotage are to blame. Several fascinating subplots intertwine with Wilcox's mission before converging in a breathtaking denouement. This winner is all the more spellbinding because it's so believable. Highly recommended for public libraries.
- Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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