A hit man believes a lowly data analyst is the crucial link to the file he’s been searching for.
Though she works at the D.C. security firm Rasmund, analyst Dani Britton doesn’t associate her job with danger. Instead, she thinks of it as providing time to spend with her best friend Fay and the ever-desirable Sinclair “Choo-Choo” Charbaneaux. The staff of Rasmund is made up of misfits: people who can see patterns in data or can vanish into thin air when the job calls for it but don’t know how to sit down and get to know a person. Dani is shocked when she returns to the office after an errand to find that a team of assassins has destroyed it, making off with most of what she thought of as her life. Though she uses her cunning to escape the slaughter, the lead man on the hit is taking a head count, and Dani knows she’s in his sights. Her only hope is to find what he was looking for, though some enigmatic communication from the assassin, who wants to be known only as “Tom,” suggests that even he’s not clear about the ultimate goal of the job. Determined to live to see another day, Dani spends what could be her last hours on Earth scrambling through D.C. to revisit the details of her latest job and see whether there’s something she missed. Every layer Dani uncovers leads to a new truth about the work she’s been doing and the people she thought she knew.
Redling (Damocles, 2013, etc.) grabs and holds readers’ attention throughout her violent thrill ride, though elements intended as humorous come across as overly self-conscious instead.