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Broken wing
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Minotaur Books, 2009.
Physical Description:
viii, 308 pages ; 25 cm
FBI agent Mike Yeager goes undercover as a rogue agent - a "broken wing"--To rescue a woman kidnapped during the chaos of Hurricane Katrina.


Call Number
Lakeman, T.

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Mike Yeager, an FBI agent with a gift for profiling, is no angel, yet somehow the Bureau has always found a way to forgive him his mistakes. Now, even though he's in disgrace, there's a job that only he can do. In New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a couple was kidnapped; the husband---a spy---was tortured and killed, and now the wife is in danger.

Normally the Bureau might ask Yeager to lead a rescue mission, but this time, they want him to pose as a fallen agent---a broken wing---infiltrate the group responsible, and wait to see what he can learn. The kidnappers are thought to be working for Emelio Barca, one of the most powerful crime bosses in New Orleans, and the target of Mike's past botched case.

Mike sees this opportunity as his last chance, even though it's bound to wreck his renewed relationship with fellow agent Peggy Weaver, maybe for good. He's gone undercover once before in his career, and that time his mistakes led to Barca's escape and the maiming of Mike's first partner. This time he vows Barca won't get away. One way or another, Yeager's career will come full circle in the Big Easy, the city where it all began.

Broken Wing is a breathtaking page-turner from a writer who seems to have mastered the genre in only three novels.

Author Notes

THOMAS LAKEMAN was raised in Mobile, Alabama. A graduate of the University of the South, he received an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and is now a professor living in Fairhope, Alabama. Broken Wing is his third novel, after The Shadow Catchers and Chillwater Cove .

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Mike Yeager, who starred in Lakeman's debut, The Shadow Catchers (2006), and appeared in his second, Chillwater Cove (2007), takes on a fiendishly tortuous assignment for the FBI as a rogue ("broken wing") agent in the author's imaginative third novel. The 42-year-old Yeager must infiltrate the New Orleans organization run by crime boss Emelio Barca, with whose daughter he once had a relationship, and see that Barca's planned sale of a kidnap victim succeeds. The botched handling of the aftermath of hurricane Katrina provides a vivid setting for Lakeman's tale, which mingles organized crime, government contractors, prominent politicians and the FBI. All of Yeager's enemies and most of his allies have their own agendas, which reduce the chance of his survival. The complex Yeager carries a boatload of guilt and a raft of compensatory skills. Lakeman's strong writing make this thriller series one that should win an increasingly large audience. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Kirkus Review

New Orleans, a city broken since Hurricane Katrina, is up for grabs. About to jilt his former supervisor, Special Agent Peggy Weaver, yet again, Mike Yeager has a plausible excuse this time. The FBI is sending him undercover to return to New Orleans, infiltrate the Barca crime family and discover who tortured and killed Simon Burke, a Brit, and proposes to sell his wife Amrita to the highest bidder. Armed with gun, attitude and fake rsum, Mike (The Shadow Catchers, 2006) meets Barca and his half-son Grady and is taken on to handle the Armita deal. Saving one woman becomes complicated by the fact that Barca's daughter Sofia, the pregnant love Yeager left 20 years ago when he fingered her father for prosecution, also needs rescuing from both her family and her drug addiction. As he crisscrosses the city's ruined parishes, he realizes that half the people he trusted and most of his new comrades in arms are double-crossing him. Traitors swarm around his former partner Kiplinger's office, Barca's inner circle and Kadmos Security, a firm bankrolling billions to rebuild New Orleans. Guns blaze. Bombs explode. Covers are blown. And the more Yeager digs, the worse the corruption gets until he's forced into a mercy killing and some drastic penitence for his actions. The very definition of a page-turner, from an author who likes his hero as damaged as his setting. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.