By Jeffery Deaver
Behind the well known U.S. safety firms— the FBI and CIA between them—lies a seriously guarded, nameless executive corporation 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 supplier while Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably turns into the objective of Henry Loving, a pro, ruthless “lifter” employed to procure info utilizing no matter what capability beneficial. whereas Loving is deft at torture, his services lies in getting an “edge” on his victim—leverage—usually through kidnapping or threatening kin until eventually the “primary” caves stressed.
The task of protecting the Kessler family members alive falls to a guy named Corte, a senior federal safety officer often called a “shepherd.” Uncompromising, relentlessly dedicated to retaining these in his care and a passionate board video game aficionado, he applies significant gaming technique to his paintings. For Corte, the reappearance of Loving—the guy who, six years previous, had tortured and killed a person as regards to him—is additionally a chance to avenge his friend’s loss of life. 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 condominium, 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 situations has brought on 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 make a choice from preserving his fees and exposing them to a killer within the identify of long-awaited revenge.