By Jeffery Deaver
Behind the well known U.S. protection agencies— the FBI and CIA between them—lies a seriously guarded, nameless govt organization devoted to intelligence surveillance and to a hugely really expert model of citizen security.
Shock waves of alarm ripple in the course of the clandestine employer whilst Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably turns into the objective of Henry Loving, a professional, ruthless “lifter” employed to procure details utilizing no matter what skill helpful. whereas Loving is deft at torture, his services lies in getting an “edge” on his victim—leverage—usually by means of kidnapping or threatening family members until eventually the “primary” caves stressed.
The activity of conserving the Kessler relations alive falls to a guy named Corte, a senior federal defense officer often called a “shepherd.” Uncompromising, relentlessly dedicated to maintaining these in his care and a passionate board video game aficionado, he applies tremendous gaming technique to his paintings. For Corte, the reappearance of Loving—the guy who, six years past, had tortured and killed anyone just about him—is additionally a chance to avenge his friend’s dying. The project quickly escalates right into a fast moving duel among Corte and Loving, a perilous volley of wits and calculated dangers.
As he shepherds the Kesslers to a hid secure residence, Corte needs to expect 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 possible insignificant instances has caused Loving’s go back. because the staff 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 finally choose from maintaining his fees and exposing them to a killer within the identify of long-awaited revenge.