When his estranged friend and fellow corporate spy for hire Ben Webster disappears in the republic of Georgia, Ike Hammer puts his life at risk searching for him in the treacherous mountains bordering Russia.
It's been 10 years since the 58-year-old Hammer was in the field. He heads back out with great reluctance, furious at his morally crusading partner for putting their company at risk. In the capital city of Tbilisi, amid riots, bombings, and madness, Hammer is in way over his head. He's a wealthy and resourceful man, but this is one place where neither his money nor his promises can buy off the cops, government officials, and mobsters who threaten to imprison or kill him for sniffing around. He finds an oasis of humanity in the person of Natela, the widow of the murdered journalist whose funeral Webster went to Georgia to attend. Not until Hammer forges deep into the mountains and is helped by other kind souls does he discover both the real heart of Georgia and missing pieces of himself. Jones is in complete control with this, his third novel featuring Webster and Hammer. In the previous two, The Silent Oligarch (2012) and The Jackal's Share (2013), Hammer played a supporting role. Here, he proves himself a lead player of great appeal, combining deep intelligence with just the right amount of dash.
Suspenseful from start to finish, with plenty of regional color informing the narrative, Jones' third spy thriller is a flawless piece of storytelling.