By Jeffery Deaver
Behind the well known U.S. safety agencies— the FBI and CIA between them—lies a seriously guarded, nameless executive enterprise devoted to intelligence surveillance and to a hugely really good model of citizen safety.
Shock waves of alarm ripple throughout the clandestine organization whilst 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 capability priceless. whereas Loving is deft at torture, his services lies in getting an “edge” on his victim—leverage—usually by means of kidnapping or threatening family members until eventually the “primary” caves stressed.
The activity of holding the Kessler relations alive falls to a guy named Corte, a senior federal safety officer referred to as a “shepherd.” Uncompromising, relentlessly dedicated to preserving 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 anyone on the subject of 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 perilous volley of wits and calculated dangers.
As he shepherds the Kesslers to a hid secure residence, 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 instances has prompted Loving’s go back. because the workforce digs deeper, all of 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 eventually make a choice from maintaining his fees and exposing them to a killer within the identify of long-awaited revenge.