An addicted hacker can’t outrun her past.
Susan McQueen is just the latest of the many names Tina Adler has used to hide from her past. As a brash young hacker, she helped her father steal a great deal of money, some of which belonged to his erstwhile friend, mobster Tony DeMarco. She also hacked for Ian Cartwright, her former lover, and shot an FBI agent who was in love with her. After many years of hiding herself on Block Island, where she went without a computer and built deep friendships, her past caught up with her (Hidden, 2015, etc), and she had to flee and reinvent herself as artist Susan McQueen, who lives on a remote island in Quebec. Unable to stay offline, she gets a threatening note from someone who's hacked her computer demanding that she put $1 million in bitcoins into Tony DeMarco’s account or her friends will be hurt. Over the years she's always counted on a person she knows only as Tracker, a hacker she meets in chat rooms who’s always helped her, though she still doesn’t trust him completely. On a trip to Quebec City with a friend who helps sell her paintings, Susan plans to buy another computer and try to rid hers of the shadow the hacker has planted. In an effort to help her, the store owner brings in someone who works for the cybercrime unit, the daughter of a retired police officer. Spooked, Susan realizes that she’ll have to disappear again with nothing but her two computers and a backpack with some clothes and some cash she carries for just such an emergency. With Tracker’s help in finding and moving the money, she goes on the run, but this time it won’t be so easy to escape.
The second in this electrifying series is an addictive page-turner with a stunner of a finale.