With the richness and vitality of books like Airport and Hotel, and with the high-pressure excitement of books like Black Sunday and The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, Ridley Pearson's The Seizing of Yankee Green Mall is the novel we have been waiting for from this critically acclaimed young thriller writer. It is a novel of intense dramatic power that brings the unthinkable into every American's backyard.
The setting is The Yankee Green—an enormous shopping center/ entertainment mall located in a suburb of Boston. The mall is a self-sufficient, environmentally controlled, electronically secure indoor city; tens of thousands of people pass through its five pavilions every day. The children play in the indoor amusement park; the young professionals work out in the state-of-the-art health club and jog on the atrium's overhead running track; the elderly walk the promenades, sit on benches, chat under the fountains and in the manicured gardens. But the labyrinth of service halls that are weaved into the superstructure lurks a demon: a madman with a grudge, whose plan is to hold five thousand people hostage inside a pavilion he wired to explode.
This book is a kaleidoscope of plot and character that spins in deliciously complex tale of greed, power, and passion, and explodes into a breathtaking rocker of a thriller in which one ordinary man must reach to the core of his fortitude and wit in a passionate struggle to save himself, the hostages, and the woman he loves.