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The Terrorist Next Door is another of many novels that deal with terrorism from a "man bites dog" perspective. (In journalism, "man bites dog" concerns a counter intuitive and unusual situation that never happens.) In novels concerning terrorism man bites dog scenarios are now common. It is a cheap literary trick that is beneath the dignity of an author of Sheldon Siegel's talents.
I purchased this novel to complete my collection of Sheldon Siegel's novels. He should stick with legal thrillers. The Terrorist Next Door, released 4 years ago, was to be the the first novel of the Chicago police detective David Gold series. Tim Campbell's narration is stellar as usual for him.
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Spoiler Alert: I am highly offended by the fact that this book portrayed an American hero as the terrorist, and his sole motivation was to make Muslims look bad. I understand not wanting to feed into the stereotype and have a Muslim as the terrorist, but this book could have been written with a different motivation and different villain and still had the same essential storyline. Our overseas troops make tremendous sacrifice and are too often portrayed as villains in fictional works. It's unearned and unfair.
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