A crisis looms in the McCone-Ripinsky marriage.
Someone is blowing up the satellite offices of RKI, a practice that’s not only bad for the security firm’s business but lethal to its employees. So the partners, Dan Kessell, Gage Renshaw and Hy Ripinsky, ask Hy’s wife, private eye Sharon McCone, to investigate. She starts digging, but the bombings continue. Indeed, the mystery reaches even higher up in the ranks when Kessell is murdered and Renshaw disappears. Even worse, McCone’s deep background check on Hy uncovers a few unsavory secrets in his past that he somehow never got around to telling her about, such as supplying illegal arms and explosives to terrorists while he was a pilot for K Air in Thailand, where he first met Kessell and Renshaw. Though the revelations plunge her marriage into deep trouble, McCone stays on the RKI case, uncovering an identity theft back in southeast Asia that led to Kessell’s murder, and a disinclination for parenthood that erupts explosively.
The plot hinges on McCone’s trust issues, and you probably know already how much you want to read about them. Muller devotees (Vanishing Point, 2006, etc.) will likely hang in there.