A hit and run accident and the death of a Supreme Court Justice spark enough chases, plots and counterplots for a Hitchcock triple feature.
This guilty pleasure, good for train or plane, begins as Nick Calevetti and Steven Adler, racing north to Boston in a ’67 Ford Mustang, strike a man who for some bizarre reason is walking along I-90. The man survives, but Calevetti, an ex-con on probation who was drinking while driving, knows he’s in trouble. Hoping to skip off, he silences the victim for good with a tire tool. Cut to Washington, D.C., where Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Bourgeous dies of a heart attack. His successor will tip the Court left or right. Cone Intermedia, a software firm, needs a liberal judge to rule in their favor on a case before the Court. Opposing company Amethyst Technologies wants a conservative judge. Billions at stake, Cone honchos bribe a liberal senator who has the ear of his cousin, a liberal president (a fantasy indeed!) to nominate Getty Fairfield to fill the Court vacancy. Meanwhile, Steven Adler faces prison after Nick framed him for the accident. Desperate to hire a crack lawyer to spring his son, Steve’s dad remembers he once chauffeured Fairfield while the gentleman had a hot affair with a Pentagon secretary, who was a Russian spy. To nail a blackmail bid, Adler sprints to find her in Ohio. But Amethyst and Cone’s henchman and other assorted goons and computer geeks are also on to her—and the daughter she had with Fairfield. Planes, trains and SUVs carry the racing men to Ohio, Colorado, Washington and, finally, the Caribbean.
Moreton keeps readers hooked despite hoary clichés, stock characters, shorthand description and preposterous action scenes.