Joe Pike witnesses the abduction of the young woman who just processed his banking transaction. Pike intervenes and saves the bank teller, a young and pretty Isabel Roland, and the two kidnappers are arrested after Pike muscles them out of the car. But rather than being the end of this horrible event, the arrests are just the beginning of Izzy’s—and Pike’s—problems. The two abductors end up dead and Izzy disappears. That is when Pike calls in his friend, Elvis Cole to help. Cole discovers the backstory involving witness protection, whistleblowing, and money. But who knows what is true and what is a lie?
Pike is the strong silent type. Cole is the type who knows what to say and when to say it. Both men are needed to solve the murders of the kidnappers, as well as additional murders, including a US Marshall. Meanwhile, Izzy is still missing, and Pike fears the worst, which is the kidnapping ring is bigger than just two guys. But who is behind it all, and why?
Crais’ writing is fast-paced and the pages just turn themselves. There is just enough detail about these well-established characters so that even if the reader hasn’t read any of the previous novels, there is no confusion. The writing style is straight forward even if the characters seem a bit cliché (Real men don’t chatter much, bad guys talk a lot, and the ladies are clueless victims who need saving). The story is entertaining and that is what matters.