Karyn L. Barr
December 12, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Leave it to a veteran thriller writer to go where few, if any, novelists have gone before — the unexplored hallways of the Department of Homeland Security. This wild goose chase of a novel follows a retired, disgruntled Secret Service agent called back into duty by the DHS to investigate an arsonist’s connection to a possible Inauguration Day terrorist attack. Like any good page-turner, the addictively enthralling story twists and turns from there. Granted, Deutermann’s cat-and-mouse shtick borders on the excessively elaborate and occasionally strays into the predictable, but ”Firefly” certainly has its effulgent moments (wait till you get to the jaw-dropping ending!).

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