Things We Cannot Unsee
RJ Pineiro, author
A heinous crime. A terrifying discovery. A detective on the edge. NCIS Agent Lawson Pacheco is scarred to his soul from the violence he has witnessed while serving his country in the War on Terror. There are things that Law has seen that fuel his nightmares—things he cannot unsee. But nothing prepares him for the grisly homicides of his brother-in-arms, Navy Commander John Casey and his family—the only family Law has ever known. Working with fellow agents Mia Patel and Beatriz Howard, Law launches an investigation that, on the surface, suggests Casey butchered his family before eating his gun—further suggesting this to be a tragic case of a PTSD-triggered murder-suicide. But is it? Casey had recently blown the whistle on his superior officers for war crimes committed three years before in Syria—crimes that Casey claimed the Navy tried to cover up. When an unexpected discovery in the forensics work challenges the official Navy report, Law is propelled into the netherworld of the opium trade, sex trafficking, and corruption in the ranks that costs him and those he loves. But he won’t stop digging—he can’t stop—even when the answers threaten to consume him . . . THINGS WE CANNOT UNSEE is the shocking psychological thriller of a man haunted by his past while searching for the truth—a truth that comes at a price he may not be prepared to pay.
Pineiro’s high-octane sequel to 2020’s Highest Law finds NCIS agent Lawson Pacheco, who lost part of a leg while leading a Seal Team Six platoon years before, dealing with a horrifying murder case with a personal connection. Pacheco is part of the response team called to the Norfolk, Va., house of Navy Lt. Cmdr. John Casey, a former brother-in-arms. In the living room are the mutilated bodies of Casey, his wife, and their two teenage daughters. Only the oldest daughter, a high school senior, escaped the massacre, because she was away from home at the time. When investigators suggest that the crime was a murder-suicide carried out by Casey, Pacheco is appalled, as he believes his friend incapable of committing such atrocities. Instead, he suspects the carnage relates to Casey’s role as a whistleblower who implicated a Seal Team Six captain in war crimes committed in Syria while Pacheco served there. The violence extends beyond the Caseys, and Piniero doesn’t pull any punches as he expertly blends action and character. This complex, intelligent, and suspenseful thriller marks its author as a significant talent. (Self-published)