The sheriff of Picketsville, Virginia, has seen a lot of trouble over the years. But who hates him enough to try to blow him to kingdom come?
When Ike Schwartz’s car is reduced to a twisted mass of metal on the main street of Picketsville, his wife, Ruth, and his team at the sheriff’s office are devastated. Luckily for Ike, a former CIA agent, he drove off in the wrong car by mistake and is still alive and in hiding. Initially, only Ruth and his old CIA pal Charlie Garland know the truth, and they try to keep it that way, especially after Ike and Ruth’s getaway cabin in the woods is also destroyed by a bomb. The bomber is caught but keeps mum. But Ike’s network of friends in the CIA, FBI, and local police are eager to catch his would-be killer. The clues point to wealthy, politically connected Martin Pangborn, a man with a grudge against the government who has no use for any minorities, including Jewish sheriffs. So Ike and Ruth disguise themselves and head off to Idaho, where Pangborn’s New Star Ranch trains anti-government troops and hides an even more sinister secret. Back home, Ike’s team continues to look for answers while maintaining the fiction that he’s dead. It takes a lot of high-tech tricks to uncover the truth.
Ike’s 10th (Drowning Barbie, 2014, etc.) uses themes cut from current headlines to ramp up the excitement.