Damon Pierce is a gifted California lawyer whose work is starting to seem soulless. Then, from out of nowhere, two life-altering events take place: First, Damon’s wife announces that she’s leaving him. Next: A woman from his past reappears. Damon could never forget Marissa Brand Okari, his one-time great love. Now, she’s in trouble…and Damon decides to do everything in his power to help her.
Marissa’s husband, Bobby Okari, is a freedom fighter in a corrupt west African nation—one that’s being torn apart by global lust for its vast supply of oil. One day, during a solar eclipse, Bobby leads a high-profile protest rally against an American oil company…only to see everyone in his home village massacred by government troops. Already an enemy of the country’s savage dictator, Bobby is promptly arrested. Now it’s up to Damon to take on Bobby’s case and save him—and Marissa—from almost certain death. And risk his own life in process.
"Passionate...exciting [and] eye-opening, page by page."--"Washington"" Post"
"Compelling and credible...guaranteed to rouse you to thought."--"Richmond"" Times-Dispatch"
"This stellar legal thriller both informs and entertains... Patterson has exerted all his considerable skill in creating a nightmare atmosphere that will cling to readers long after the last page is turned."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"A satisfying fable that pits a hero who deeply believes in the rule of law against a violent, lawless regime that holds all the cards."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Nearly flawless--by the time you realize how well Patterson is writing, you are already caught up in this novel."--"San Francisco"" Chronicle"
"Suspenseful--pervasive danger as real as the actual reality."--"New York"" Daily News"
"A terrific legal thriller populated by rich, well drawn characters [Patterson] magnificently brings to life. Not to be missed."--"Providence"" Sunday Journal"
"[A] compelling legal thriller, reminiscent of "Exile". Patterson once again brings a timely, controversial subject--America's dependence on foreign oil--to the forefront in this...engrossing read." --"Library Journal"""
Number Of Pages: 552
Published: 1st September 2009
Publisher: ST MARTINS PR
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 10.414 x 3.302
Weight (kg): 0.34