By Jeffery Deaver

Behind the well known U.S. defense agencies— the FBI and CIA between them—lies a seriously guarded, nameless govt company devoted to intelligence surveillance and to a hugely really good model of citizen security.

Shock waves of alarm ripple during the clandestine supplier while Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably turns into the objective of Henry Loving, a professional, ruthless “lifter” employed to acquire details utilizing no matter what potential priceless. 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 until eventually the “primary” caves stressed.

The activity of preserving the Kessler relations alive falls to a guy named Corte, a senior federal safeguard officer referred to as a “shepherd.” Uncompromising, relentlessly dedicated to conserving these in his care and a passionate board online game aficionado, he applies significant gaming technique to his paintings. For Corte, the reappearance of Loving—the guy who, six years past, had tortured and killed a person with reference to him—is additionally a chance to avenge his friend’s loss of life. The task 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 residence, 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 doubtless insignificant instances has brought on Loving’s go back. because the staff digs deeper, all the Kesslers comes lower than shut scrutiny, and in captivity their relations bonds are stretched to the breaking point—as the lifter attracts close to, Corte needs to finally make a choice from conserving his fees and exposing them to a killer within the identify of long-awaited revenge.

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Similar to in Fairfax. He and the associate cut up as much as flank us from the timber and from the brick wall. Ahmad, take out the tire of the auto that comes during the hole. The driver’ll get spooked and forestall. Then watch the driveway and people timber past it. Garcia, the wall. ” They said the orders. The feint motor vehicle hood edged slowly into view from the alley. Ahmad shot out the tire and instantly lifted his weapon’s muzzle, staring prior the car. “Can’t see basically yet imagine there’s a person within the woods. Solo. ” “Brick wall,” Garcia known as. “It’s Loving’s automobile. They’re flanking us. ” “Covering fire,” I shouted. “Both instructions. brain innocents. ” either males fired, riding Loving again. The companion too vanished below disguise within the woods. “They’re going to attempt again,” Maree stated, nonetheless crying. “We’re trapped the following! ” Now they knew we have been prepared for them. I dropped the transmission into four-wheel low equipment and grew to become at once towards the stockade fence. “What’re you doing? ” Maree gasped. “No! We’ll get caught! ” I nosed the Yukon opposed to the wooden and, a mild nudge, the panel of fencing broke loose. I drove over it and into the farm box at the different facet. I ordered, “Target the space within the fence. yet don’t hearth until you’re convinced it’s them. There’ll be spectators now. ” i used to be heading slowly down the hill towards a line of timber. strangely it was once Joanne Kessler who stuck on. “You had that get away course deliberate. you narrow often throughout the fence posts, so that you may well force over it if you happen to had to. while? ” “A couple years in the past. ” I choose all my midway homes for get away in addition to defensibility and that i do loads of paintings at the houses past due at evening. The Hillside lodge humans by no means knew I’d vandalized their fence. “I don’t see anything,” Ryan stated. “Not but. ” We rolled slowly down the hill, slick with dew, then via a sequence of soppy dust rows of lately harvested corn husks and stems. you may degree the growth in toes yet we have been relocating progressively. “Still nobody,” Ahmad acknowledged. I ordered them to maintain concentrating on the outlet within the fence we’d simply eased via, notwithstanding I knew that Loving may take one examine the floor we have been traversing and understand that his sedan couldn’t probably pursue us. He’d make the one rational selection he may perhaps: to retreat as speedy as attainable. bankruptcy 18 A part HOUR later we have been at the street back, heading for the secure condominium. It was once a bit after 8:00 p. m. and I’d been using a quick, complex and unpredictable direction quite often north notwithstanding Loudoun and Fairfax counties. within the again Ryan Kessler sat brooding, searching through his canvas bag. For ammo? Or booze? Joanne used to be quiet, staring out the window. Maree, calm ultimately, fidgeted with a pacifier, her desktop. She was once popping out of her hysteria yet hadn’t but again to referring lightly to me as a journey consultant. Principals get terrified, in fact. Disoriented too, and just a little loopy. i want the folk in my association to be 100% with me. My principals, even though? in the event that they may be seventy five or eighty, in the event that they can do what I ask with a degree of promptness and intelligence, I’m content material.

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