takes a much needed Long Island vacation with his 10 adopted children and their nanny, Mary Catherine,
in tow. The springtime romance of Michael and Mary Catherine has blossomed into a summer fling. Just as
the 4th of July of all relationships is about to set off fireworks, a different set of fireworks explodein the city.
A copycat killer is reproducing some of NYC's most sinister past crimes. Bombs are booming. Bodies are
bouncing and it isn't even safe to sit and smooch in a parked car anymore, since Son of Sam Part II is playing at a parking lot near you!
While Michael juggles his vacation and his assignment as chief investigator of the mounting multiple homicides, a couple of local Long Island bullies are beating-up some of the Barrett boys on the beach.
Which lovely lady will Michael choose? Will the Barrett boys survive the beatings? Will the killer be captured
before completing his mission of death? Will Michael survive his daily round-trip drives on the Long Island
Expressway before both he and his vehicle come to a crashing halt?
Patterson once again has written the perfect murder mystery. As the title suggests, every thing comes down to the last stimulating second. Tick tock. Tick tock.