A courtroom massacre the night of President Richard M. Nixon's resignation sets in motion a series of events that culminate more than forty years later on the eve of what could be the last presidential election as a terrifying weapon threatens to topple a nearly bankrupt United States.
The U.S. is in chaos. Hordes of the jobless fight private security forces daily. A cadre of trillionaires control nearly all of the world's money. And health care is granted to the winners of game shows. Half a world away, in an abandoned ancient desert city, two mercenaries fight each other for a computer virus whose terrible power is an enigma to them. Yet, they must join forces to battle a corporate army of killer drones, greedy terrorists and double-dealing bankers as they track the man driven to remake the world's economy in his own image. As they cross the globe, they untangle a deadly plot controlled by those at the highest level of government and an accidental president's long-held dark secret. Their success in stopping the weapon ultimately hinges on a young, irresolute U.S. Marshal. Her singular act unravels a four-decades-old plot so shocking that it ultimately changes the course of history.
Easy Squeezy, the second thriller by Pulitzer finalist and veteran investigative reporter Paul D'Ambrosio, draws from economic turmoil and political conflagration to craft a fast-paced, international novel that is not far from today's harsh realities. Fans of his debut thriller, Cold Rolled Dead, will see the return of psychologist Sister Maris Stella complete with cigarettes, her Jersey ''attitude,'' and uncanny insight. The Jersey Shore, too, proves a powerful setting for the stark opening and stunning ending of Easy Squeezy.