"It's hard to believe Mallon's well-financed curiosity in the first half of this adventure, and the second half is simply superior action-film fare with a body count to match. But nobody who starts this tense, improbable tale will put it down half-finished."
An unusually determined suicide pulls a retired Santa Barbara contractor into a ring of trained killers in this newest stand-alone from the chronicler of the Butcher Boy (Sleeping Dogs
, 1992, etc.) and Jane Whitefield (The Face-Changers
, 1998, etc.).
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