The Ultimatum: A Jeremy Fisk Novel
by Dick Wolf
This is the third book in this series, but I’ve only read two of them. That wasn’t a problem, but it would have been more satisfying if I had read both of the previous books. I felt like I was just a little out of the loop, but at least I had read the first book, so I knew what the basic premise of the NYPD Intelligence Division was. If you are just jumping into the series, you may be a bit puzzled.
Mr. Wolf has written a fast-paced, exciting mystery thriller. The book has a very visual feel, nearly like you are watching a movie or TV show. The characters are developing as the series goes on, but still feel a little flat. There are enough plot twists and puzzles to satisfy any fan of the genre, but it seems like Detective Jeremy Fisk comes up with solutions much too easily. They seem more from luck or divine intervention than real investigative ability, and there is just something about him that bugs me. I don’t know why, but I just don’t really like him.
If you have read the previous books in the series, I’m sure that you will enjoy this book. If you haven’t, go ahead and jump in, but if you feel a bit confused, go back and read The Intercept, that will make it clearer. I did enjoy this book. It kept me reading late into the night, and I think that I will try to read The Execution, just so I am up to speed on this series.
I give The Ultimatum 4 Stars out of 5, and recommend it to anyone who likes fast-paced mystery thrillers based in New York City.
I received A Digital Review Copy from the publisher.
Detective Jeremy Fisk tracks a serial sniper who has mastered state-of-the-art airborne technology to hunt his prey in this chilling thriller from the New York Times bestselling author and creator of the Law & Order franchise.
When a leaker named Verlyn Merritt releases sensitive documents from the NYPD Intelligence Division to WikiLeaks, some of the deadliest criminals have access to Detective Jeremy Fisk’s unlisted home address. Within hours, three mysterious assailants arrive at his Sutton Place apartment. Who are they and why do they want Fisk dead?
Authorities quickly identify and arrest Merritt. But the case takes a sinister twist when an anonymous third-party makes threats if authorities don’t release Merritt immediately. Forced from his home and his bank accounts drained, Fisk confronts Chay Maryland, a reporter who has been covering Merritt’s case. Fisk wants the journalist’s help to get close to the leaker—to find out what Merritt really wants and who else is involved.
The investigation is nearly derailed when a serial sniper begins shooting people on the street who seem to have no connection to Merritt’s case. The killer’s aim is eerily accurate—and Fisk believes the shooter might be using a drone rigged with unusual sighting capabilities. Then the sniper contacts the New York Times and promises to kill one person every day, “for the greater good of the citizens of America.
With the clock ticking and millions of lives at stake, Fisk and Chay must find the mastermind before he can wreak havoc on a city paralyzed by fear.
Series: Jeremy Fisk
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (June 16, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
About the Author
Richard Anthony “Dick” Wolf is an American producer, specializing in crime dramas such as Miami Vice and the Law & Order franchise. Throughout his career he has won several awards including an Emmy Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Wolf worked as an advertising copywriter at Benton & Bowles creating commercials for Crest toothpaste, all the while writing screenplays in the hopes of a film career. It was at this time that he briefly collaborated on a screenplay with Oliver Stone, who was also a struggling screenwriter at the time. He moved to Los Angeles after a few years and had three screenplays produced; one of these films, Masquerade starring Rob Lowe and Meg Tilly, was well received. He started his television career as a staff writer on Hill Street Blues and was nominated for his first Emmy for an episode (entitled “What Are Friends For?”) on which he was the only writer. He moved from there to Miami Vice, where he was a supervising producer.
Wolf’s Law & Order, which ran from 1990 to 2010, tied Gunsmoke for the longest-running dramatic show in television history, making it one of television’s most successful franchises. It has been nominated for the most consecutive Emmy Awards of any primetime drama series. Wolf serves as creator and executive producer of the two current Law & Order drama series from Wolf Films and NBC Universal Television – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: UK – and did so for the three that have been cancelled – Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Trial by Jury and Law & Order: Los Angeles. In addition, he was the creator and executive producer of NBC’s courtroom reality series Crime & Punishment, which chronicled real-life cases prosecuted by the San Diego District Attorney’s office.
Wolf’s company also produced Twin Towers, the 2003 Academy Award-winning Short Documentary about two brothers, one a policeman and the other a fireman, who lost their lives in the line of duty on September 11, 2001. Wolf was also involved with the production of a theatrical documentary about the popular rock group The Doors, titled When You’re Strange.
Wolf’s personal honors include the Award of Excellence from the Banff Television Festival, the 2002 Creative Achievement Award from NATPE; the Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Entertainment Industry Award, the Leadership and Inspiration Award from the Entertainment Industries Council, the Governor’s Award by the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the 1997 achievement award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers, and Directors, the 1998 Television Showman of the Year Award from the Publicists Guild of America, the 2002 Tribute from the Museum of Television and Radio, and a 2003 Special Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
Wolf is also an Honorary Consul general of Monaco and is actively involved in the principality’s prestigious annual Television Festival, and is its primary liaison with the entertainment community.
On March 29, 2007, Wolf received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7040 Hollywood Boulevard.
In addition to having been a classmate of former US President George W. Bush, Wolf was an employer of Fred Thompson, who sought the Republican nomination for President in 2008 with help of the national attention he gained playing the district attorney on Law & Order. Wolf supported Thompson in his bid, as he did Bush, as it has been reported that he contributed money to Thompson even before he officially announced he was running.
Wolf was credited with “Special Thanks” for the episode “Basic Lupine Urology” from “Season 3” of NBC’s “Community”, an homage to the style of his Law and Order series.
Wolf developed Chicago Fire, a drama about a group of men and women working at the Chicago Fire Department. The series was picked up by NBC in May 2012, and premiered on October 10, 2012, with meek numbers in the ratings and minimal reviews.