Arthur Hailey was the man whom I fell in love with when I read airport and the evening news. I needn't describe his general methodology of writing since that is well known to all. I felt maybe he just slipped a bit in his one final attempt. detective was as racy as airport but it stops with that in the first half. and then it was as detailed as the evening news in the second half. but Wat I really thought was this book fell short of the standards of either of the books. he tries to convey 2 main stories woven into one well knit plot. but in the end I was stranded with the question whether it was well knit. try it. it displays Hailey's deep research into the department and brilliant story writing. in the end I wasn't disappointed but neither was I happy.