Grace Flint is a veteran undercover officer on London's Metropolitan Police Force when a sting operation goes badly wrong. She is beaten nearly to death at the order of her target, Frank Harling, in the stairwell of a parking garage, and a fellow officer is killed. Fifteen months later, after extensive reconstructive surgery, the physical scars are mostly healed, but the same can't be said for Flint's state of mind, even after over a year of recovery.
On loan to an American financial crimes task force in Miami, Flint allows herself to be pushed into another undercover role, every bit as dangerous as the one that nearly got her killed, and when she pulls it off, she begins to regain her footing. Then, when evidence from the arrest she makes points to not only the whereabouts of Frank Harling, but the existence of an international conspiracy to keep him from being apprehended, Grace Flint's rage brings all her skills and bravery back into laser focus.
Now, she's hot on Harling's trail, but also only one step ahead of government agencies from both Britain and the U.S. She has only her meager personal resources, a handful of trusted friends, and a deepening fear that she is being set up to fail. Or worse.
Award-winning investigative journalist Paul Eddy wrote a number of non-fiction books, along with three novels, before his untimely death. "Flint" is his first work of fiction, but no reader would ever guess, given the level of skill on display in this well-written, tautly constructed, character-driven thriller. Grace Flint and the supporting characters are compellingly drawn, the story is rich with originality, and the plot is propulsive. Smart, challenging, and top-notch.