Gilleo (Terminal Secret) writes a fast-paced story that’s easy to get into, and serves as a stark reminder of the power of government in protecting its own. Mystery and procedural lovers will enjoy the convincing (and sometimes chilling) details about CIA tactics for misdirection, and also the ingenuity of the protagonists as they strive to hold the killer accountable. Using their skills and connections to The Farm, Quags and Gates begin to make inroads and find someone they think is a match. Are they being played by the ultimate players in a game of obfuscation, or have they found their killer? The two will have to work quickly, because women are starting to turn up dead again.
Crisp, engaging interplay between these sharply drawn leads powers the book, and Gilleo maintains the tension and these mysteries, making the case complex enough to keep readers guessing–and making the unveiling of the clues and twists feel satisfying. The focus is on the case and the cast, not violence, making this a great read for any lover of thoughtful yet urgent mysteries.
Takeaway: A Virginia police chief and a detective face off against the CIA to catch a killer in this potent mystery.
Great for fans of: David Baldacci’s Memory Man, Joanna Schaffhausen’s Gone for Good .
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Marketing copy: A