A cold wind off Lake Michigan whipped the folds of Pam Robinson’s gray canvas duster and ruffled her hair. Wisconsin in winter is no fit place to be, she told herself. Then she remembered that she might not be in Sheboygan at all if not for her ATF reinstatement. Some functionary at the Department of Justice had concluded that it was permissible to shoot someone who was trying to shoot you.
Dynamite is an explosive invented by Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Nobel, who received a patent for it in 1867. One hundred fifty years later, ATF Special Agent Pam Robinson gets more than one opportunity to witness its effects.
Now part of ATF’s National Response Team, Robinson responds to a chain of New York State bombings that claim hundreds of lives.
Pam Robinson mutters curses under her breath when she enters the ATF building on Monday and sees her office. Dozens of pink message slips litter the surface of her desk like confetti. A half-dozen paper coffee cups sit here and there, not all of them empty. Her swivel desk chair has vanished altogether. Damn the world!