A seemingly innocuous box of donuts sent to Assistant
Director Cunningham at Quantico's FBI offices leads to a
nightmare for him and Agent Maggie O'Dell, who's with him
when he finds the threatening note inside. The note gives a
time and place that a "crash" is supposed to happen. When
the agents arrive at the location, they do not find the
bomb they suspected, but a deadly virus, whose victim is,
indeed, crashing. Now Cunningham and O'Dell have likely
become infected as well. Locked in a quarantined location,
feeling like a lab rat, Maggie copes with her fear and
claustrophobia by working through what she knows about the
case. Maggie's partner, R. J. Tully, who was late to work
the day the donuts arrived, investigates on the outside.
Meanwhile, people in random locations are receiving
mysterious packages of money and falling ill after handling
the bills. The only connections among the victims seem to
be names and places that were involved in notorious crimes
of the past, such as the Unabomber and the Anthrax Killer.
This clever new criminal leaves no other clues as to whom
or where he will strike next, which could cause mass panic
across the country. But the FBI agents and medical
officials know that if they can't stop this killer, panic
will be the least of their problems.
This riveting suspense story is made more powerful by the
references to previous crimes, because they remind readers
that no one is safe in today's world. Not only do we follow
the FBI and military scientists as they race to catch a
killer, but because Maggie is possibly infected, we get a
close-up look at what she's going through as well. The
short chapters that focus on what's happening to one or two
characters lend an air of urgency to the story. While I was
reasonably sure that Maggie would survive -- she's the
heroine, after all -- the idea of someone being able to
strike so randomly and with such a horrible weapon was
chilling and kept the tension high. This book should be
sure to please fans of the series and will probably bring
in some new ones.
Agent Maggie O'Dell and Assistant Director Cunningham
believe they're responding to a threat made at Quantico.
Instead they walk into a trap. Before they realize it,
they've both been exposed to a killer who can strike at
anyone, at any time, and no one can predict who might be
next…until it's too late.
The killer's tactics suggest he's an aficionado of criminal
minds. He uses bits and pieces from those he admires: a
phrase from the Beltway Snipers, a clue from the Unabomber,
a delivery method similar to the Anthrax Killer. His weapon
is a deadly virus, virtually invisible and totally
unexpected. His victims appear to be random but, in fact,
they are chosen with a revengeful precision. The vaccine is
limited and untested.
Maggie knows dangerous minds—from hauntingly perverse child
predators to cunningly twisted serial killers. Now she
faces a new opponent from inside an isolation ward at a
biosafety containment hospital. Maggie must help Agent R.
J. Tully find clues to catch the killer—while waiting to
see if the deadly strain is already multiplying in her
body. With every new exposure there's the potential for an
epidemic. And Maggie knows she and Cunningham may not live
long enough to discover who is the deadliest, most
intelligent killer they've ever profiled.