Night Fall by Nelson DeMille
Currently in my book Night Fall I'm up to page 128. This book is the sequel to the previous book I read which was the Lion's Game. On July 17th, 1996 flight TWA 800 blew up on the shores of East Moriches, Long Island, New York on the Long Island sound. Agent John Corey and his now wife Agent Kate Mayfield are at a service on Long island, five years later (2001) right near the beach where the plane crashed close too. They along with the family members of all230 people that died hold hands and throw roses into the water to commemorate the lost. Many people have had different theories on what really caused this plane to crash and Corey wants to get to the bottom of it. Before he gets involved in this case Special Agent Liam griffith comes up to him at the service and tells him that this case is closed and that Corey shouldn't get involved or risk losing his career at the ATTF (Anti-Terrorist Task Force). Griffith says that everyone knows the plane blew up in mid-air because of engine failure, but of course Corey doesn't buy that one bit. After him and Kate leave the service they go to places where Kate, who took part in this case, says witnesses saw what happened. Many people said they first saw a streak of light and then the plane blowing up. At a Coast Guard station near Moriches Corey interviews Captain Tom Spruck and asks him what he saw that night. Spruck says the streak of light that he saw was definitely a guided missile and that he's 1000% sure. Corey tries to test his theory and wonders what everyone else thinks. They then go to a place where the TWA 800 has been reconstructed and Corey interviews forensic scientist Sidney Sirben who claims that the plane couldn't have blown up because of a missile, it was simply engine failure in the central engine unit. He claims the plane blew up because there were toxic vapors in the engine.
Significant Quote: "' I have bet my professional reputation on mechanical failure and that's the winner. If you think it was a missile attack I'd like to see the evidence.' He added, "I'm tired of theorie.'" (DeMille 93).
This is Mr. Sirben, the forensic scientists telling Corey that the soul reason the engine blew up is because of engine failure. I found this quote to be important because it shows how sure mr. Sirben is of himself and how greatly impacted him, Corey and so many other people have been because of this case. I also found it important because it shows one of many strong perspectives that people have in this book about this real life case (This event actually took place and all 230 people on board died). It also raises many questions of: "Who's theory is correct?" "Why do some people say one thing and other people say something else?" This quote strikes lots of question and makes me and other readers want to dig deeper.