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Under Pressure

A Lucas Page Novel

by (author) Robert Pobi

Initial publish date
Jan 2022
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    Publish Date
    Aug 2020
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    Jan 2022
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"Complexly plotted... skillfully drawn." --The Wall Street Journal
A series of deadly explosions rock the city of New York and with too many victims and no known motive, the F.B.I. turns once again to Dr. Lucas Page in Robert Pobi's Under Pressure.
On a beautiful October evening, New York City's iconic Guggenheim Museum is closed for a tech company's private gala. Until an explosion rocks the night, instantly killing 702 people, including every single attendee—yet the damage to the building itself was minimal.
An explosion of that precision was no accident and, in response, the FBI mobilizes its entire team -- but the sheer number of victims strains their resources. Were all 702 victims in the wrong place at the wrong time, or was there only one target and 701 unlucky bystanders? That many victim files is a staggering amount of data to sort through and Brett Kehoe, Special Agent in Charge of Manhattan, decides that he can't do this without more computational power.
Dr. Lucas Page, astrophysicist, university professor, and former FBI agent, is uniquely gifted for the task at hand—he can visualize a crime scene as if he was a bystander and can break down any set of data at a glance. Even though Page wants nothing to do with the FBI, with his city under attack and his family at risk, he steps in to find a killer in a haystack before they strike again.

About the author

Robert Pobi dealt in fine Georgian antiques for thirteen years before turning to writing full-time. He has fished for everything that swims—from great white sharks off Montauk to monstrous pike in northern Finland. He prefers bourbon to scotch and shucks oysters with an old hunting knife he modified with a grinder. In warm weather he spends much of his time at a cabin on a secluded lake in the mountains and when the mercury falls he heads to the Florida Keys. The critical response to his first short story (written when he was twelve) was a suspension from school. Now he writes every day—at a desk once owned by Roberto Calvi.

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Editorial Reviews

"Pobi surpasses even the excellence of City of Windows as he engages the mind, jangles the nerves and touches the heart in this intelligent, powerful thriller." --Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
"Stellar... combines a razor sharp sense of humor with surgical use of political and social commentary throughout. This is a must for fans of sophisticated crime fiction." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Under Pressure will have you guessing right up to the big finish... it moves at a breakneck pace that barely allows you to catch your breath." --BookReporter
"[A] gripping psychologically complex thriller." --Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"A thrill ride of a novel." --Booklist
"[Lucas Page's] uncanny concentration and tenacity pay off in a gripping denouement...Nonstop thrills." --Kirkus Reviews
"Page is an appealing hero and the story is filled with action and suspense." --Library Journal

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