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.

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I needed to work out if it was once as a lot of a rip-off because it appeared, and that i obtained midway to being a clergyman. good, priestess, i assume. They sought after great cash, even though, and that i logged off. ” On her bracelet have been go, superstar of David and Islamic crescent charms. A cat with an overly arched again and a witch’s hat too. DuBois was once hard to outline. “Go on, Claire. ” “He’s a pretend reverend yet that’s now not the main attention-grabbing half. What i discovered out is that ‘Clarence Brown’ is an alias. He’s relatively Ali Pamuk. ” “He have a checklist? ” “Don’t imagine so. not anything within the normal databases. yet I’ve obtained a few neighbors taking a look into his historical past a bit extra heavily. I’m rather drawn to doing-business-as documents. I’ve obtained to correlate social safety quantity, tackle, mobilephone files, accounting statements, SEC filings. ” I’d famous the connection with “friends,” hardly ever an respectable U. S. executive designation for an investigator. yet, even though duBois used to be doing this, it might be via the publication. you may holiday all of the ideas you sought after in body-guarding your principals—my task. however the activity of discovering the first required us to be police officers like all different, marshalling facts and never giving the safeguard lawyers any home windows in which the chicken may well break out. “Any extra information? ” “Turkish father, mom from Nigeria. either naturalized. many years in the past he turns out to have switched over to Christianity, prior to he turned a reverend. yet he contributed some huge cash to a mosque in Virginia final yr and the 12 months sooner than. no longer on any watchlists. He’s type of a player,” duBois acknowledged. “Has that small position within the South East tenement, convinced. yet he additionally lives within the Watergate. Which he doesn’t speak about a lot. kingdom tells me he’s been to Dubai, Jeddah and Jordan some time past years. ” This used to be a portrait very varied from the single Ryan Kessler had exposed. “That’s worthwhile. ” It was once my maximum praise. “What approximately these smaller instances Ryan was once working? ” The cop had pushed aside those yet I’d requested her to speak to leader of Detectives Lewis and cost them out besides. “Oh, the stolen charge cards? ” duBois persevered. “They have been all lovely small. so much of them acquired pled out. The id thefts have been higher, low-class felonies. so much have been pled. the massive one used to be a few young children ordering electronics on-line. They picked the inaccurate vic—a computing device defense professional with complex Circuit layout. ” considered one of Intel’s mammoth opponents. “The sufferer traced the perp and grew to become them in. yet they acquired off with probation and fines. That’s beautiful neat. an individual who acquired hacked received revenge by means of hacking in after the hackers. tough justice. ” i ended my sandwich, reflecting: a few leads, certain, yet not anything golden. i used to be annoyed. “Keep digging. ” “Got my shovel. ” “Both circumstances. ” “Got my Indian golf equipment. ” I gave her a grin. I was hoping Cat guy handled her correct. Flipping via my cellphone, I jotted a few info. “A few extra issues to appear into. ” I slipped the word to her and gave her a few extra directions. “A priority,” I extra. “Sure. ” “I’ve received to get the Kesslers to the secure residence. ” She rose.

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