Crashers: A Thriller (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the Crashers series.

July 2010 Indie Next List

“Cascade Air 818 left Portland on a routine flight to Los Angeles, but it never arrived. Now pieces of the plane litter the Oregon countryside, and it would appear that this was just a dress rehearsal. Back in Portland the National Transportation Safety Board team swings into action, unaware that there's only 72 hours left until a ruthless opportunist crashes another plane. Fast, topical and downright scary, this is also a fascinating glimpse into how the NTSB operates.”
— Paula Longhurst, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT


Whenever a plane goes down in the U.S., a "Go Team" made up of experts is assembled by the NTSB to investigate. Those people - each of them a leading expert in a specific area - are known as informally as "Crashers."

When a passenger plane, a Vermeer One Eleven, slams into the ground outside Portland, Oregon, a team is quickly assembled to investigate the cause. Under the leadership of the IIC (Investigator in Charge), Leonard "Tommy" Tomzak, the team gets to work as fast as possible. But this time it's different. This time, the plane was brought down deliberately, without leaving a trace, and this was only a trial run.

In LA, Daria Gibron - a former Shin Bet agent, now under the protection of the FBI- spots a group of suspicious-looking men. Missing her former life of action, she attaches herself to them only to learn that, somehow, they were responsble for the plane crash and are preparing for another action. While her FBI handler tries to find her and save her, Daria risks her life to try to get close enough to learn what's going on and thwart the coming terrorist action. But time is running out and her cover story is running thin.

Dana Haynes' novel Crashers is a fresh and utterly compelling thriller, an original mix of action, investigation and a brilliant cast of characters that grabs the reader in the way few novels can and fewer do.

About the Author

Dana Haynes was, for more than twenty years, a journalist and editor at several newspapers in Oregon. He works for a local community college and lives in Portland, Oregon.  He is the author of the thrillers Crashers and Breaking Point.

Praise For…

"You absolutely must read Crashers. I literally couldn't put this book down. Dana Haynes is a gifted writer who grabs you on page one and doesn't let you go until the final page. This is going to be one of the best and most breathless reads of the summer.” —Nelson DeMille, author of The Lion

“Outstanding! Crashers combines the ferocious action you usually see on a movie screen with a fascinating look at the way a major airline crash is investigated. Crashers is guaranteed to be one of the year's best thrillers.” —Phillip Margolin, author of Supreme Justice

“Imagine an entire season of ""24"" crammed into a single book. That's what you get with Crashers, a fast-paced, twisty thriller that just begging to be made into a movie.” —April Henry, co-author of Face of Betrayal and Hand of Fate

“Crashers is a supersonic jet of a thriller, loaded with compelling detail and page-turning suspense and action.” —Jeff Abbott, author of Panic and Trust Me

“Dana Haynes delivers big-time with Crashers, a spectacular, timely, un-put-down-able, near-perfect thriller whose every page sizzles with action, intrigue, information and intelligence. If you're a thriller fan, or even just a lover of fine writing and terrific story-telling, do yourself a favor and buy this book.” —John Lescroart, author of Betrayal

“This thriller debut is filled with excitement and knowledge of NTSB procedures and problems. Highly recommended - just don't eat during the crash-scene investigation.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Compelling…The forensic details fascinate but aren't for the weak of stomach…The slam-bang crash landing of a conclusion will leave readers anxiously awaiting the promised sequel.” —Publishers Weekly

“Action-oriented readers will embrace this new thriller… well paced… plenty of tension.” —Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312544157
ISBN-10: 0312544154
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: October 4th, 2011
Pages: 528
Language: English
Series: Crashers