Jeffery Deaver


"An unmissable read for all Deaver fans."


When Washington D.C. police detective Ryan Kessler 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. As tension increases between the family, the situation escalates into a deadly contest between protector and lifter as each tries to outwit the other. And as the lifter closes in on his prey, Corte must decide whether to protect his charges, or expose them to a killer in the name of personal revenge.

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Just when I thought Deaver couldn't create a better character than Lincoln Ryhme, along comes Corte. He is deep, insightful, innovative and - as expected with Deaver - highly intelligent. The introduction of a 'lifter' and-'shepherd' were professions not often used in run-of-the mill thrillers, and a real change from Deaver's usual forensic based novels. However, as with all his books, the attention to detail was second to none, giving a real insight into the work that goes on behind the scenes. The focus of the plot moved from person to person in true Deaver fashion, but surprisingly I was able to work out who was behind the crime, if not the reason, which is most unusual for a Deaver plot. But this did not spoil my enjoyment of meeting the new character Corte, or seeing Deaver excel in a completely different field. I am hoping that Corte will be a regular in Deaver's new novels. An unmissable read for all Deaver fans.

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