Gate 76


Fiction - Mystery - General
320 Pages
Reviewed on 03/23/2018
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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

The FBI believes a Muslim terrorist is behind the explosion of an airliner in the thrilling mystery novel Gate 76 by Andrew Diamond. While waiting to board a plane in the San Francisco airport, Freddy Ferguson, a private investigator, notices a woman being covertly man-handled onto a Hawaiian flight. As soon as her aggressor leaves, Freddy watches her exit the gate. Interested, he follows her as she boards another flight. Later, he finds the Hawaiian flight has exploded in mid-air, and there are no survivors; except for the curious young woman that Freddy spied leaving the gate. His boss is working with the FBI to find the perpetrator and places Freddy in charge of the passenger list. Being the only one who knows the woman is alive, Freddy starts his own investigation. Someone wants this mysterious woman dead, and Freddy is going to find out why, even if it kills him.

Andrew Diamond's new detective novel Gate 76 is an exciting, action-packed whodunit. Told in the first person, Freddy Ferguson, the protagonist, narrates the story in the notable noir fashion. Even though Freddy Ferguson is similar to the legendary personages of Phillip Marlow and Sam Spade, this unforgettable hard-boiled crime fiction is far superior. Freddy's character may be a complicated man who is tough as nails, but he has the distinction of actually caring about others and doesn't find his nerve in the bottom of a bottle. This book is a phenomenal mystery novel with dynamic characters and a gripping and intricate plot. Those who are fans of crime and mystery genres will find this book a worthwhile read.

Deanna R Sweeney

Gate 76 by Andrew Diamond is a riveting tale filled with adventure and strong characters. The main character, Freddy, is a tough customer. He used to make his living fighting and now lends his talents to his work as a private investigator. While waiting for a flight at the airport, his powers of perception alert him to the suspicious activities of a female passenger. His curiosity leads him to follow this woman and his suspicions are confirmed. She is up to something, but what? After the plane that she was supposed to board crashes, killing one hundred and eighty-eight people, Freddy knows his suspicions about the blonde woman could be worse than he imagined.

Andrew Diamond does a great job of describing the scenes and the physical features of the characters in rich detail. The story starts off strong and draws the reader in within the first two chapters. The story slows down in chapter three, but picks up again in chapter four and evolves into a real page-turner with some interesting twists. Readers will find themselves sleuthing their way through the story, trying to piece together the evidence right along with Freddy. The outcome of the story does not disappoint and is executed brilliantly. Overall, it was a good read and will please fans of crime thrillers and murder mysteries.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

How often do you feel that immediate interest/attraction to a complete stranger? Do you go out of your way to assess the person’s state of mind, state of life, state of well being? A chance encounter at an airport leaves Private Investigator Freddy Ferguson wondering if there is something more to the mysterious, good looking woman. The one with multiple bruises on her arm. The one who gives the appearance of boarding a plane, then doesn’t. The one who just missed being blown to bits on the same plane she almost boarded. Too much coincidence and, when the airline hires his boss to look into the matter, Freddy finds himself on a mission to find this woman and understand why she changed her mind, her appearance and, quite literally, disappeared.

Andrew Diamond’s mystery/suspense novel, Gate 76, is full of all the excitement and drama one would expect in a page-turning thriller. His main character, Freddy, has his own story, which unravels as the plot thickens. The woman he seeks has a complex tale of her own to share, one that will shatter both politics and the law. But will anyone believe her? That’s the big question that hangs over the mysterious woman as she struggles to come to terms with her precarious situation, and wonders how much she can trust Freddy. However, Freddy is a good sleuth, among other things, and he manages to put the pieces together. This is an intense story with lots of unexpected twists and turns, contemporary in its use of the element of terrorism, corrupt politicians and law enforcers. A great read.