Bounty hunter Jack Keller (The Devil's Right Hand, 2004) is back for a second stab at catching killers only a tad more homicidal than he is.
People find it easy to love charismatic Jack Keller. But to love him is also to be fidgety about him—about what he might do during those ever more frequent time-warp moments when the Gulf War is too much with him. His mouth goes hard, his eyes go blank and if he has a weapon in his hand. . . . Angela, who owns H&H Bail Bonds, knows how volatile her cherished friend and valued employee can be. Deputy Marie Jones worries even more because she's been measuring Jack as a prospective stepfather for her son. Now three crack-brained thrill-seekers have gone on a mindless, merciless killing spree up and down North Carolina, and one of them—young, privileged, feral Laurel Marks—turns out to be a $75,000 H&H skip. Uneasily, Angela sends Jack after Laurel with a warning: “Please be careful. This one feels weird.” Weird, yes, and bloody as well. Before the smoke clears, people close to Jack will have been badly hurt, and he himself severely tested. Will he remain permanently trapped in his Gulf War nightmare? Or will he let his friends help him find his way to some semblance of a workable life?
Violent and occasionally melodramatic, but never dull.