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Half Title, Frontispiece, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Author's Note

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pp. vii-xii

When two bombs were detonated on Boylston Street, 550 feet away from the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, a familiar sense of dread came over me. There was no cell phone service. Loved ones were unreachable. At 2:49 P.M., the place just yards from where I’d had coffee hours earlier was a war zone. ...

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Prologue | Patriots’ Day

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pp. 1-10

Steve Woolfenden was excited. It was the first time his wife, Amber, was running in the Boston Marathon, a milestone she had worked toward since joining the Wicked Runners Club in Salem, Massachusetts. He maneuvered their three-year-old son, Leo, in his stroller—the three-wheeled carriage specially designed with bicycle motocross (BMX) tires ...

Part One. The Hunters: The Five-Day Search for the Boston Marathon Bombers

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1 | These Motherfuckers Are Here

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pp. 13-26

The bombs detonated along the finish line left behind “a river of blood,” as Assistant US Attorney Steve Mellin would later say.1 The fireballs came from weapons designed and built to cause maximum harm, intended “not to just kill but destroy,” Mellin said. And destroy they did. Business in the Back Bay came to an immediate and abrupt halt. ...

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2 | Get on It

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pp. 27-39

April 18 started early and ended late for all Massachusetts law enforcement officials. President Barack Obama was in town that morning for an interfaith service to honor the bombing victims at the historic Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston’s South End, the mother church for Boston Catholics. More than two thousand people crowded the pews—many of them dignitaries and politicians, including the current governor, Deval Patrick, ...

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3 | Good Job, Boy. Good Job

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pp. 40-44

Dun Meng loved his Mercedes Benz SUV 350, black and chrome with top-of-the-line features. He leased it for $652 a month and had no problem paying the bills. After a long day working as a transportation engineer in Kendall Square, he liked to drive along the Charles River, see the lights, and pull over and just think for a while or answer a few text messages. That’s what he was doing on April 18, 2013, just after 11:00 P.M., ...

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4 | BOLO

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pp. 45-60

Late on the night of April 18 the murder of Sean Collier became a cautionary tale at police roll calls all over Massachusetts, including in Watertown, a blue-collar city adjacent to Cambridge. In Watertown, when the shift change began just before 11:00 P.M., the ongoing investigation at the crime scene of Collier’s murder was just three miles away. ...

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5 | Faces but No Names

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pp. 61-67

In the days after the Boston Marathon bombings the FBI set up a command center on the eighth floor of One Center Plaza, the nondescript office building across from Boston’s City Hall that serves as the bureau’s Boston headquarters. That’s where the call center was located, the place where the phones didn’t ring with any substantial tips at first. ...

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6 | Slip Away II

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pp. 68-78

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was wounded—badly. One bullet had come in through the driver’s side window, hit his left cheek, and exited through his right. His head hurt badly, his entire skull feeling like it was on fire. His left wrist was useless, its bones shattered with gunshots after he raised his arm in an attempt to shield himself from the oncoming barrage of bullets. ...

Part Two. Timeline of Terror: Who Are the Marathon Bombers?

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7 | Growing Up Tsarnaev

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pp. 81-93

Raisat Suleimanova remembered the last time she saw her aunt Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, which was in 2010. Zubeidat was wearing a black hijab and a burka that covered her body. It was unnerving for Raisat: “It was a shock for me. Knowing what kind of person Zubeidat used to be, it was very strange to see that. She used to be such a fashionable person. ...

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8 | It Looks Like an Al Qaeda Training Video in Here

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pp. 94-102

The ten-year anniversary of the deadliest terror attack on American soil was significant all over the country but especially in Massachusetts, because two of the hijacked planes took off from Boston’s Logan Airport. The grisly details of the terrifying minutes on those flights were contained in The 9/11 Commission Report.1 The bloodshed began at 8:13 that morning, ...

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9 | Muaz in the Motherland

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pp. 103-118

The Russians were very worried about Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his crazy mother, Zubeidat, and, in an unusual move, they shared their concerns with their counterterrorism counterparts in the United States. There had long been tensions between the American FBI and the Russian FSB. FSB agents had been known to break into apartments of American agents and defecate on their pillows. ...

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10 | Into the Forests

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pp. 119-126

In July 2012, Tamerlan Tsarnaev likely traveled to Utamysh, a small village in the Kayakent District of Dagestan, Russia, not far from the Caspian Sea. He wanted to see his longtime Internet friend, a man whom he had exchanged ideas with online as part of a group called World Association of Muslim Youth, someone whom he had texted repeatedly—so often that the text messages had raised alarms within Russian anti-insurgency circles. ...

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11 | The Informants

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pp. 127-134

High-level generals in the Pentagon and CIA agents likely exchanged classified intelligence regarding the successful Russian raid in the Northern Caucasus. The region had become an international problem not just because of persistent internecine war between Chechens and the Russian Federation, but also because of its geography. It is located at Europe’s doorway into Asia and contains critical oil and gas pipelines. ...

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12 | Rats

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pp. 135-144

The US Department of Justice began its relationship with cooperating informants on March 14, 1961, the day Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy instructed FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to order every agent in every field office throughout the country to infiltrate organized crime groups. Of course, the FBI would need to reach to the bottom of the underworld to bring its targets to the surface, ...

Part Three. Heaven Down the Barrel of a Gun: Countdown to Detonation

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13 | Maybe, Maybe Not

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pp. 147-153

Khairullozhon Matanov couldn’t keep quiet any longer. The Quincy cab driver turned to his passenger, a businesswoman named Ann Munson whom he picked up most mornings to drive to the MBTA’s station in Braintree so she could take the Red Line into town. “Those guys on TV,” he said. “The bombers. I know them. I was just at their house. ...

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14 | Vaseline, Fireworks, Backpack

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pp. 154-161

The first thing Dias Kadyrbayev noticed was the red laser lights. They were concentrated on the forehead of his girlfriend, Bayan, but they were all over her body. He looked down and saw that he was covered with the same red laser dots. Then came a voice over a bullhorn outside.
“Jahar! Come outside! Come outside now! Come out with your hands up!”1 ...

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15 | Better to Be a Dog Than the Youngest Son

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pp. 162-167

Seven days after the deadly blasts on Boylston Street, Carmen Ortiz, the United States Attorney General for Massachusetts, drafted a sealed criminal complaint against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was still hospitalized in critical condition, and filed it in South Boston US District Court, known in Boston as the Moakley courthouse, ...

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16 | Dead Men Tell No Tales

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pp. 168-182

On September 11, 2011, Khairullozhon Matanov, the cab driver who had dinner with the bomber brothers on the night of the Boston Marathon attack a year and a half later, came home just after 10:30 P.M. to find the door to his Brighton apartment open and unlocked. He was perplexed, but not panicked. ...

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17 | Allah Sent Him Money

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pp. 183-190

One of the questions that died with Ibragim Todashev was about a gun that was stashed “for protection” at 12 Harding Avenue in Waltham, a gun that went missing after the murders. The gun belonged to Brendan Mess, Hiba Eltilib, his girlfriend, told investigators in the hours after she saw the bodies of her boyfriend (with his throat slashed ear to ear) and his friends (sexually mutilated, with their necks sliced by a blade as well). ...

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18 | Have to Answer to God For

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pp. 191-204

Glenda Duckworth was terrified. Her son Daniel Morley was a genius, but sometimes he just wasn’t right in the head. Sunday, June 9, 2013, was one of those times. As soon as she returned to her Topsfield, Massachusetts, home after dinner with her live-in boyfriend she could feel Daniel’s distress—even before she saw him. ...

Part Four. Justice Seekers

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19 | One-Finger Salute

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pp. 207-216

It was the second bomb blast that ripped Joseph “JP” Norden’s right leg from his body. The thirty-three-year-old’s body was burned and peppered with shrapnel. From that April day Boston firefighters wrapped a tourniquet tight around the severed leg and raced him to Brigham and Women’s Hospital to July 10, 2013, JP had undergone dozens of surgeries and had nearly died a number of times. ...

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20 | Food for the Dog

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pp. 217-220

Stephen Silva wanted to share a message with the world in the weeks after the man he considered his best friend, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was arrested for the murders of two young women and a little boy with a weapon of mass destruction designed to cause maximum harm (which, indeed it had) and the later murder of a police officer. ...

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21 | Kill to Be an American

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pp. 221-235

The trip to Russia was like part of the plot of a Steven Seagal movie.
Furious federal lawmakers, including Congressman William Keating, had demanded answers from the FBI about the Boston Marathon attack, but the bureau’s top officials refused multiple requests to testify at Congressional hearings. So the lawmakers turned to Seagal—the swarthy action hero who has long been rumored to be a CIA operative ...

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22 | Maximum Harm

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pp. 236-254

It was March 4, 2015, the first day of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial, and the swagger with which he had walked into the same courthouse for his July 10, 2013, arraignment was gone. So were the cast and his youthful appearance. Being held in a solitary cell had already aged him. Instead of the orange prison jumpsuit he had worn the first time he appeared in court, ...

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23 | It Was Him

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pp. 255-261

Judy Clarke, as usual, put a comforting hand on her client’s shoulder. Then she stood up to begin her attempt to save his life. Her opening statement included a startling admission: “It was him.” She began:
“We meet in the most tragic of circumstances, tragedy in the lives of the victims of the bombings,

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24 | The Lion King

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pp. 262-266

Jessica Kensky ran for the last time in the morning of the day she lost her legs. She didn’t run in the Boston Marathon but ran a smaller race in another town. However, she still wanted to be part of the biggest race in the country, so she met her husband, Patrick Downes, and they went to Boylston Street together: “I remember being happy. I remember feeling sunlight on my face. I remember feeling really free. I remember holding each other.” ...

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25 | Ain’t No Love

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pp. 267-270

It was a shocking moment. For an entire summer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had sat through his trial looking bored and impassive, even after he was found guilty in the first phase of his trial and even after he was sentenced to death, a sentence that shook the city that he had torn apart. Now he stood up and began to speak, the first time since the trial began that anyone had heard his voice, ...

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26 | America’s Worst Nightmare

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pp. 271-279

It came as no surprise that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted, especially after Judy Clarke’s startling admission that her client had committed the bloodletting that had been described in court by victims for weeks by then, and even after the Allah-laced apology Dzhokhar made to the jury in his halting English. In addition to the seventeen capital counts he was convicted of that carried the death penalty. ...

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27 | Oh, My God, He’s So Young

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pp. 280-283

“Before you met with Jahar, did you know that he was Muslim?”1
That was the first question defense attorney Miriam Conrad asked the gray-haired Roman Catholic nun with the fireplug build as she took the stand, a silver cross around her neck. She was a witness whom prosecutors had wanted to keep from testifying, a woman who was so famous that her life had been featured in a movie—Dead Man Walking. ...

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Epilogue

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pp. 284-286

Dzhokhar might be crying now, in his eighty-seven-square foot cell in what is referred to as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies,” ADX Supermax. Among his fellow prisoners in that facility are Richard Reid—the failed shoe bomber, who was convicted in the same building where jurors sentenced Dzhokhar to death; Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber; and Zacarias Moussaoui, ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 287-290

The gathering of evidence is a long, steep road, and some people close to me argued that trying to wangle answers out of members of the federal intelligence community would prove exhausting and thankless. I will admit it was a tremendous undertaking, and I could not have done it without the support of countless law enforcement sources, ...

Notes

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pp. 291-310

Index

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pp. 311-320

Photographs

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