By Jeffery Deaver
Behind the well known U.S. protection businesses— the FBI and CIA between them—lies a seriously guarded, nameless govt corporation devoted to intelligence surveillance and to a hugely really good model of citizen safety.
Shock waves of alarm ripple in the course of the clandestine enterprise whilst 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 capacity useful. whereas Loving is deft at torture, his services lies in getting an “edge” on his victim—leverage—usually via kidnapping or threatening relations until eventually the “primary” caves stressed.
The activity of preserving the Kessler family members alive falls to a guy named Corte, a senior federal safety officer referred to as a “shepherd.” Uncompromising, relentlessly dedicated to maintaining these in his care and a passionate board video game aficionado, he applies incredible gaming technique to his paintings. For Corte, the reappearance of Loving—the guy who, six years prior, had tortured and killed somebody 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 deadly 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 circumstances has prompted Loving’s go back. because the workforce digs deeper, all the Kesslers comes less than shut scrutiny, and in captivity their kinfolk bonds are stretched to the breaking point—as the lifter attracts close to, Corte needs to finally make a choice from keeping his fees and exposing them to a killer within the identify of long-awaited revenge.