Simon & Schuster
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Featuring: Ryan Kessler
Hardcover / e-Book
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Behind the well-known U.S. security organizationsâ€” the
FBI and CIA among themâ€”lies a heavily guarded, anonymous
government agency dedicated to intelligence surveillance and
to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection.
Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine
agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler
inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned,
ruthless â€ślifterâ€ť hired to obtain information using whatever
means necessary. While Loving is deft at torture, his
expertise lies in getting an â€śedgeâ€ť on his
victimâ€”leverageâ€”usually by kidnapping or threatening family
until the â€śprimaryâ€ť caves under pressure.
The job of
keeping the Kessler family alive falls to a man named Corte,
a senior federal protection officer known as a â€śshepherd.â€ť
Uncompromising, relentlessly devoted to protecting those in
his care and a passionate board game aficionado, he applies
brilliant gaming strategy to his work. For Corte, the
reappearance of Lovingâ€”the man who, six years earlier, had
tortured and killed someone close to himâ€”is also an
opportunity to avenge his friendâ€™s death. The assignment
soon escalates into a fast-paced duel between Corte and
Loving, a dangerous volley of wits and calculated risks.
As he shepherds the Kesslers to a concealed safe
house, Corte must anticipate Lovingâ€™s every step as the
lifter moves in on his prey, and with the help of
razor-sharp investigator Claire DuBois and his longtime
ally, FBI agent Paul Fredericks, pinpoint which of Kesslerâ€™s
seemingly insignificant cases has triggered Lovingâ€™s return.
As the team digs deeper, each of the Kesslers comes under
close scrutiny, and in captivity their family bonds are
stretched to the breaking pointâ€”as the lifter draws near,
Corte must ultimately choose between protecting his charges
and exposing them to a killer in the name of long-awaited
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