Former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk goes in search of the daughter whose abduction 12 years ago started his second career as the Finder.
The reason Simon has spent those intervening years looking for other people’s children (Good as Gone, 2013, etc.) instead of his own is that he was convinced that Hailey was as dead as Tasha, the wife who took an overdose of sleeping pills after the FBI couldn’t recover the 6-year-old she left alone for a moment in her Georgetown backyard. But when Simon’s consultant hacker, Kati Sheffield, sends him a computer-generated picture of Hailey at 18 along with a photo of a real-life woman the Garda are seeking on suspicion of stabbing Dublin private eye Elijah Welker to death with a Guinness bottle, he can’t resist Kati’s suggestion that the two images look an awful lot alike. Next thing you know, he’s at the Dublin airport shaking hands with DCI Damon Ashdown, the first of many actors who’ll be playing double roles in a world in which, as Simon soon learns, “British gangsters do things differently.” The trail of the maybe-Hailey takes Simon and Ashdown and Zohanna Carlyle, a 40-something wild child who turns out to have close ties to both of them, from Dublin to Glasgow to Liverpool to London, with Simon dispensing condign justice to any miscreants who scurry across their path along the way, until he finally confronts an East End kidnapper better armed and better prepared for their meeting than Simon but still gobsmacked by the climactic surprise Simon has in store for him.
Densely plotted, replete with violent incident, and strenuously uncomplicated in its moral sympathies from beginning to end.