By Jeffery Deaver
Behind the well known U.S. protection companies— the FBI and CIA between them—lies a seriously guarded, nameless executive employer devoted to intelligence surveillance and to a hugely really expert model of citizen defense.
Shock waves of alarm ripple throughout the clandestine supplier 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 skill worthy. whereas Loving is deft at torture, his services lies in getting an “edge” on his victim—leverage—usually via kidnapping or threatening relatives till the “primary” caves stressed.
The task of preserving the Kessler kinfolk alive falls to a guy named Corte, a senior federal defense officer often called a “shepherd.” Uncompromising, relentlessly dedicated to conserving these in his care and a passionate board online game aficionado, he applies magnificent gaming technique to his paintings. For Corte, the reappearance of Loving—the guy who, six years past, had tortured and killed somebody just about 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 hazards.
As he shepherds the Kesslers to a hid secure condominium, Corte needs to count on 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 circumstances has caused Loving’s go back. because the workforce digs deeper, all of the Kesslers comes lower than shut scrutiny, and in captivity their family members bonds are stretched to the breaking point—as the lifter attracts close to, Corte needs to eventually make a choice from holding his fees and exposing them to a killer within the identify of long-awaited revenge.