By Jeffery Deaver
Behind the well known U.S. protection agencies— the FBI and CIA between them—lies a seriously guarded, nameless govt organisation devoted to intelligence surveillance and to a hugely really good model of citizen security.
Shock waves of alarm ripple during the clandestine business enterprise 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 skill priceless. whereas Loving is deft at torture, his services lies in getting an “edge” on his victim—leverage—usually via kidnapping or threatening family members till the “primary” caves stressed.
The task of maintaining the Kessler relations 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 online game aficionado, he applies terrific gaming technique to his paintings. For Corte, the reappearance of Loving—the guy who, six years previous, had tortured and killed anyone on the subject of him—is additionally a chance to avenge his friend’s demise. The task quickly escalates right into a fast moving 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 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 probably insignificant situations has brought on Loving’s go back. because the crew digs deeper, all of the Kesslers comes less 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 choose from holding his fees and exposing them to a killer within the identify of long-awaited revenge.