One of Boston Globe‘s Best Mysteries of 2016, Nominated for the Anthony Award for Best Novel
When viral video of an explosive terrorist attack on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge reveals that a Federal witness long thought dead is still alive, the organization he’d agreed to testify against will stop at nothing to put him in the ground.
FBI Special Agent Charlie Thompson is determined to protect him, but her hands are tied; the FBI’s sole priority is catching the terrorists before they strike again. So Charlie calls the only person on the planet who can keep her witness safe: Michael Hendricks.
Once a covert operative for the US military, Hendricks makes his living hitting hitmen . . . or he did, until the very organization hunting Charlie’s witness—the Council—caught wind and targeted the people he loves. Teaming up with a young but determined tech whiz, Cameron, on the condition she leave him alone after the case, Hendricks reluctantly takes the job.
Of course, finding a man desperate to stay hidden is challenging enough without deadly competition, let alone when the competition’s shadowy corporate backer is tangled in the terrorist conspiracy playing out around them. And now Hendricks is determined to take the Council down, even if that means wading into the center of a terror plot whose perpetrators are not what they seem.
Chris Holm is the author of The Killing Kind, the first novel to feature Michael Hendricks, and the Collector trilogy, which blends fantasy with old-fashioned crime pulp. He is also an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies. Holm lives in Portland, ME.
“Holm performs authorial acrobatics, elegantly and nimbly leaping between various locations and voices to produce not just a suspenseful tale kicked off by a San Francisco terrorist attack, but one imbued with multiple fine characters to boot.” —Boston Globe
“Thumbs up, we say. Thumbs up, then lick those thumbs and use them to turn the pages—quickly now, to find out what happens next.” —Austin Chronicle
“Explosive . . . Holm succeeds in developing Michael Hendricks as a complexly conflicted protagonist, while keeping the level of action and intrigue running high. Smart, unpredictable and well-constructed.” —Portland Press Herald
“A crackerjack read . . . Pretty darned good” —Winnipeg Free Press
“Explosive and timely . . . Holm expertly balances weighty issues of national security with more intimate personal losses, and makes it clear that the best stories happen in the gray area between good and evil.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)