By Jeffery Deaver
Behind the well known U.S. safety enterprises— the FBI and CIA between them—lies a seriously guarded, nameless govt enterprise devoted to intelligence surveillance and to a hugely really good model of citizen safety.
Shock waves of alarm ripple during the clandestine service provider 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 ability valuable. whereas Loving is deft at torture, his services lies in getting an “edge” on his victim—leverage—usually by means of kidnapping or threatening kin till the “primary” caves stressed.
The activity of protecting the Kessler family members alive falls to a guy named Corte, a senior federal defense officer often called a “shepherd.” Uncompromising, relentlessly dedicated to retaining these in his care and a passionate board video game aficionado, he applies terrific gaming technique to his paintings. For Corte, the reappearance of Loving—the guy who, six years past, had tortured and killed an individual with regards to him—is additionally a chance to avenge his friend’s dying. The task quickly escalates right into a fast paced duel among Corte and Loving, a deadly volley of wits and calculated hazards.
As he shepherds the Kesslers to a hid secure condo, Corte needs to count on 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 probably insignificant circumstances has caused Loving’s go back. because the crew digs deeper, all of the Kesslers comes lower 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 make a choice from retaining his fees and exposing them to a killer within the identify of long-awaited revenge.