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The scene is set for a huge funeral in St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. The rich and the famous from all over America – and beyond – have arrived to honour a former First Lady after her sudden, unexpected death.

Then follows an attack that was three years in the planning. Hostages are taken – the ex-President among them – ransoms demanded, a couple of hostages shot to show the kidnappers mean business.

It’s all brilliantly and chillingly co-ordinated, and Michael Bennett, the detective in charge of the case, knows it will be his biggest ever challenge.

(P)2007 Headline Digital