"A well written thriller starring two great characters"
Peter Tyler was a D.C. police officer working homicide for
years until he snapped when he saw a big man brutalize a
little girl. Swooping down as an avenger, Peter vigorously
attacked the assailant to such an unusual degree that took
several officers to finally stop him. The media goes on a
feeding frenzy because a white cop beat up an African-
American. The case went to court where Peter was acquitted
of criminal excess use of force, but he still lost his job
and ultimately his girl and probably his house.
Umberto Alvarez was a happy person until his wife and twin
daughters died at a railroad crossing when a Northern Union
train hit them. The NTSB ruled driver error, but a bitter
Umberto knows that the bar and lights failed. For eighteen
months, he has sabotaged Northern Union property and
especially trains. His current plan is to destroy the new
bullet train that is based on F-A-S-T track technology
unless the president of the transit company publicly
announces they caused the deaths of his beloved family.
Peter gives chase, but Umberto seems several steps ahead of
his pursuer as the clock to disaster winds down.
Suspense grandmaster Ridley Pearson has written a
fascinating action thriller in which the villain is a
victim. The chase scenes on the trains take the audience
for a breathless ride into hell for the pursuer. However,
the heart of the tale resides with Peter who needs
redemption and Umberto who demands justice as their
PARALLEL LIES intersect.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 7, 2001