An unknown assassin has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner, brutally taking out high-level human targets citywide. And the list of suspects is a sensitive one: an Iranian diplomat, a U.S. senator, and a vengeful priest. It's just the kind of case to test the resolve of tough FBI agent, Jaid Marlowe. Especially when her new partner is Adam Raiker, Jaid's former colleague and ex-lover. But that's history—and it left scars.Adam Raiker is the head of Raiker Forensics, know better as the Mindhunters. He has been the somewhat elusive owner with a tortured past that included actual torture. Years before when he was an FBI agent, Adam and his patient went after a pedophile whose body count of children was climbing up to two dozen when Adam finally ran him down. Adam managed to release the boy that was being held captive, but it led to three days of torture for Adam. After that, Adam struck out on his own and has been exceedingly successful. Adam has the best of the best working for him.
Determined to leave it behind them, Jaid and Adam dive into the most shocking investigation of their careers. But when Adam himself becomes a suspect, Jaid must choose between past and present. Her choice plunges them into a far-reaching, high-level conspiracy of shadows—and on the run not only from secrets and lies, but for their lives. Now, despite their history, they have only each other, and the desperate hope that love can keep them alive.
When a sitting United States Justice is killed on his way home, Adam is called in at the demand of the widow. Not only did Adam know the victim, but he knows the widow. Because of the pull she has, Adam finds himself on the task force that has the daunting task of solving a very high profile murder. Not only that, but Jaid Marlowe-Adam's ex-love-is also on the task force.
Eight years ago after Adam's life was changed forever, Adam turned Jaid away for good. The first thing he did when he awoke in the CCU was order her from his bedside. Although they had only been together for fourteen months, it crushed Jaid. Since then she has been at Adam's side one more time, again in the CCU after he was shot the year before.
Now they are working together, closer than they've ever been. Adam is forced to confront feelings that he never thought he would be given the chance to again. At the same time, the murder turn into murders plural. Not only that but there is more than one attempt on Adam's life. Now he has to figure out if the current attempts are in relation to the failed attempts the year before or are related to the current case he's working.
I thought the suspense was really good in this book. Aside from that, I have to say that I expected much more from Adam's book. I liked Jaid. She really knew Adam. She knew when he was holding back from Adam and she didn't shy away from his "icy stare" like others did. Unfortunately the book was just average. I expected it to be spectacular since it was Adam Raiker.
3.75 out of 5.
This book is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format.
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