By Jeffery Deaver
Behind the well known U.S. safety companies— the FBI and CIA between them—lies a seriously guarded, nameless executive corporation devoted to intelligence surveillance and to a hugely really good model of citizen safety.
Shock waves of alarm ripple during the clandestine organization whilst Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably turns into the objective of Henry Loving, a professional, ruthless “lifter” employed to procure info utilizing no matter what potential worthwhile. whereas Loving is deft at torture, his services lies in getting an “edge” on his victim—leverage—usually by way of kidnapping or threatening relatives till the “primary” caves stressed.
The activity of holding the Kessler kinfolk alive falls to a guy named Corte, a senior federal security officer often called a “shepherd.” Uncompromising, relentlessly dedicated to retaining these in his care and a passionate board video game aficionado, he applies awesome gaming technique to his paintings. For Corte, the reappearance of Loving—the guy who, six years past, had tortured and killed somebody on the subject of him—is additionally a chance to avenge his friend’s demise. The project quickly escalates right into a fast paced duel among Corte and Loving, a perilous volley of wits and calculated dangers.
As he shepherds the Kesslers to a hid secure condo, Corte needs to count on Loving’s each step because the lifter strikes in on his prey, and with the aid of razor-sharp investigator Claire DuBois and his longtime best friend, FBI agent Paul Fredericks, pinpoint which of Kessler’s likely insignificant situations has caused Loving’s go back. because the workforce digs deeper, all of the Kesslers comes less than shut scrutiny, and in captivity their relatives bonds are stretched to the breaking point—as the lifter attracts close to, Corte needs to eventually choose from retaining his fees and exposing them to a killer within the identify of long-awaited revenge.