A new standalone thriller by Number One internationally bestselling author Jeffery Deaver - taking place in nearly real time it's fast-paced, heart-pounding, and full of unexpected twists and turns.
When a Washington, D.C. police detective is targeted by Henry Loving, he and his family are immediately put under government protection. Loving is a ruthless 'lifter', hired to extract information from his victims, and he will use whatever means necessary including kidnapping, torturing or killing their family.
Assigned to the Kesslers is protection officer Corte: uncompromising, relentlessly devoted to protecting those in his care and a brilliant game strategist. He also knows just how brutal the lifter can be - six years earlier, Loving killed someone close to him.
The situation soon escalates into a deadly contest between protector and lifter as each tries to outwit the other . . .
About the Author
Jeffery Deaver is the award-winning author of two collections of short stories and 30 internationally bestselling novels, including the latest James Bond novel Carte Blanche. He is best known for his Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, which include the number one bestsellers The Vanished Man, The Twelfth Card and The Cold Moon, as well as The Bone Collector which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.
'As always in a Deaver novel the plot twistst one way and then the next but the tension is superbly maintained' [The Times]'The twists and turns from devilish Deaver will have you burning the midnight oil, then using it to set fire to the candle you'll be burning at both ends until you finish this. The seamless narrative delights and the reader is drip-fed information that will invite imaginative minds to head into overdrive . . . This is the perfect accompaniment on a winter's night, curled up on the sofa with a glass of your favourite tipple.' [Sun]'He's mesmerising in whatever guise' [Independent on Sunday Books of the Year]'There is no one better at wrong-footing the reader.' [Evening Standard]'Fans of Deaver's fiendishly clever suspensers won't be surprised by the nonstop deceptions, reversals, shocks and surprises, but this time they're even more varied than usual, and, given the characters' backgrounds, a lot more plausible. The result is his most successful thriller in years.' [Kirkus, starred review]