By Jeffery Deaver
Behind the well known U.S. defense firms— the FBI and CIA between them—lies a seriously guarded, nameless govt organisation devoted to intelligence surveillance and to a hugely really good model of citizen safeguard.
Shock waves of alarm ripple during the clandestine company while Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably turns into the objective of Henry Loving, a pro, ruthless “lifter” employed to acquire details utilizing no matter what ability beneficial. whereas Loving is deft at torture, his services lies in getting an “edge” on his victim—leverage—usually by way of kidnapping or threatening relations until eventually the “primary” caves stressed.
The activity of preserving the Kessler relatives alive falls to a guy named Corte, a senior federal safeguard officer referred to as a “shepherd.” Uncompromising, relentlessly dedicated to retaining these in his care and a passionate board online game aficionado, he applies terrific gaming technique to his paintings. For Corte, the reappearance of Loving—the guy who, six years previous, had tortured and killed somebody with reference to 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 deadly volley of wits and calculated dangers.
As he shepherds the Kesslers to a hid secure apartment, Corte needs to expect Loving’s each step because the lifter strikes in on his prey, and with assistance from razor-sharp investigator Claire DuBois and his longtime best friend, FBI agent Paul Fredericks, pinpoint which of Kessler’s likely insignificant situations has brought on Loving’s go back. because the staff digs deeper, all 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 retaining his fees and exposing them to a killer within the identify of long-awaited revenge.