That Others May Live

Kensington. (FBI K-9, Bk. 8). Nov. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9781496743985. $27. M
Washington Post investigative reporter Clay McCord shows up at Meg Jennings’s door before she even receives a call from her boss at the FBI Forensic Canine Unit. A 12-story building in downtown Washington, DC, has collapsed. Minutes later, Meg is called to the scene. She and her K-9 partner, Hawk, are tasked with searching for survivors. While Meg and Hawk spend long days searching, Meg’s fiancé, Todd Webb is also searching as part of the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services. When Todd crawls through a space to attend to a survivor, he finds a cell phone that he suspects might be part of a detonation device. While Meg, Hawk, and Todd are always in danger, it’s McCord’s research that leads to the suggestion that the building could have been a target of a conspiracy plot, which could include plans to destroy other locations.
VERDICT Inspired by the collapse of Champlain Towers South in Florida, the seventh in Driscoll’s series (following Under Pressure) is filled with technical details of buildings and explosives. Fans of Meg and Hawk will overlook the technicalities to read about the search-and-rescue teams.
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