This work is the first in a brand-new series from the bestselling author of the "Prey" thrillers. Late Afternoon, Virginia, and a woman is on the run. Her husband, a former US Senator named Lincoln Bowe, has been missing for days. Kidnapped? Murdered? She doesn't know, but she thinks, she knows who's involved, and why. And that she's next. Hours ...
This work is the first in a brand-new series from the bestselling author of the "Prey" thrillers. Late Afternoon, Virginia, and a woman is on the run. Her husband, a former US Senator named Lincoln Bowe, has been missing for days. Kidnapped? Murdered? She doesn't know, but she thinks, she knows who's involved, and why. And that she's next. Hours later, a phone rings in the pocket of Jacob Winter. An Army Intelligence veteran, Winter specialises in what he thinks of as forensic bureaucracy. Congress, the Pentagon, the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security - when something goes wrong, Winter kicks over rocks until he finds out what really happened. The White House is his main client, and the chief of staff is on the phone now. If Bowe isn't located soon, he is told, all hell will break loose. What Winter doesn't realise is - all hell will break loose anyway. And he will be right in the middle of it. Large forces are at work, men determined to do whatever it takes to achieve unprecedented ends. Before the next few days are out, Winter will discover he has to use everyone of his resources not only to prevail...but just to survive. And so will the nation...
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Jake Winter is a "forensic bureaucrat", working for the president, ferreting out wrongdoers and inefficiency in government. Maddy's husband, a former senator, has disappeared. Where, why, who spirited him away, all very shadowy and mysterious. Is it personal, between the senator and those who jerked him out of office? Political, something to blacken the current presidency? Sexual, to do with his hidden gay lifestyle? Jake needs to find out, to keep the president's name clear, and to save the woman he is more and more attracted to.
Great book, great characters, very engrossing and lots of twists and turns. The last sentence of the book is great!!
Publishers Weekly, 2006-03-13 When Lincoln Bowe, a controversial Republican ex-senator, disappears at the start of this fast-paced thriller from bestseller Sandford (Broken Prey), the White House puts Jacob Winter, a veteran political operative with "an uncanny ability to navigate the world of bureaucracy," on the case. Bowe vanished shortly after making a fiery speech denouncing a rival, Arlo Goodman, the governor of Virginia and a demagogue who heads a volunteer militia group known as the Watchmen. When Bowe's burnt and headless corpse turns up, Winter is under even more pressure to discover those behind his murder. Aided by the dead man's attractive and possibly duplicitous widow, Madison, the fixer follows a trail of corpses and deception that suggests the killing may have been a staged piece of theater intended to derail Goodman's ascent to the presidency. Readers interested in a quick diverting romp without much gravitas will enjoy this, but serious Beltway fiction junkies might prefer their political thrillers to be a little more plausible. 500,000 announced first printing. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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