In his first novel, “Over Here,” Hockenberry does a terrific job of bringing New York City to life in this fast-moving spy thriller set during WWI. The book’s hero, N.Y.C. Bomb Squad Detective Sergeant Gil Martin, and its primary villain, Boer war veteran Danie Caarsens, are well-rounded characters whose family circumstances turn out to be equally tragic. A great deal of hard work has gone into researching the details that make “Over Here,” both fascinating and historically accurate. For example, I learned that the first international terrorist act in NYC history took place during WWI. “Over Here” would make a wonderful movie.

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