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The New York City of the not-too-distant future is a surveillance state. Thousands of video cameras are mounted on street corners and in subways, and a special corps of elite NYPD officers roam the city undercover with high-tech tranq-guns. It's the era of "PEACE," an acronym for "Police Enforced Anti-Crime Environment," and it's turned New York into a city where no crime -- from petty vandalism to first-degree murder -- goes undetected.
Enter Mac Wells, a cop whose legendary cool reserve masks a fierce loyalty to his colleagues and his city. As one of New York's elite undercover agents, he is part of a flagship anti-crime experiment that everyone wants to work. And at first glance, it seems to be doing just that -- crime is down; the citizens are happy. But strange and random acts of violence persist, in a pattern that no one can decipher. And when Mac accidentally tranqs his partner during a subway crime, he unwittingly stumbles upon a conspiracy that reaches to the highest echelons of the police department...and the government. Now Mac is forced to choose between his loyalty to his colleagues and his sense of justice -- and to figure out whom to trust before he becomes the next casualty of a tragic "accident."
P.E.A.C.E. is a heart-pounding thrill ride that signals the debut of a potent new voice in the thriller genre. Breathlessly original, P.E.A.C.E. launches the dazzling career of a writer destined to rank alongside Ed McBain and David Baldacci.

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (December 14, 2001)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743211901

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Douglas Preston coauthor of The Ice Limit and Relic Absolutely gripping. I couldn't put it down.

Jeffery Deaver author of The Empty Chair What a compelling novel! P.E.A.C.E. is a page-turning crime thriller that's visionary and yet, despite its harrowing futuristic setting, never for a moment neglects the human side of its characters. The world it portrays is complex, frightening, and -- most disturbing -- completely real. Superb!

Scott Smith author of A Simple Plan P.E.A.C.E. is an impressive debut. Holmes lays out a dystopian vision that will chill the spirit of even the most ardent technophile. P.E.A.C.E. also heralds something far more hopeful, though: the start of an intriguing career. P.E.A.C.E. is engaging, unerringly suspenseful, and, that rarest of things, a book that, after you've put it down, makes you look a little differently, a little less complacently, at the world around you.

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