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Behind the well-known U.S. security organizations - the FBI and CIA among them - lies a heavily guarded, anonymous government agency dedicated to intelligence surveillance and to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection.

Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned, ruthless “lifter” hired to obtain information using whatever means necessary. While Loving is deft at torture, his expertise lies in getting an “edge” on his victim—leverage—usually by kidnapping or threatening family until the “primary” caves under pressure.

The job of keeping the Kessler family alive falls to a man named Corte, a senior federal protection officer known as a “shepherd.” Uncompromising, relentlessly devoted to protecting those in his care and a passionate board game aficionado, he applies brilliant gaming strategy to his work. For Corte, the reappearance of Loving—the man who, six years earlier, had tortured and killed someone close to him—is also an opportunity to avenge his friend’s death. The assignment soon escalates into a fast-paced duel between Corte and Loving, a dangerous volley of wits and calculated risks.

As he shepherds the Kesslers to a concealed safe house, Corte must anticipate Loving’s every step as the lifter moves in on his prey, and with the help of razor-sharp investigator Claire DuBois and his longtime ally, FBI agent Paul Fredericks, pinpoint which of Kessler’s seemingly insignificant cases has triggered Loving’s return. As the team digs deeper, each of the Kesslers comes under close scrutiny, and in captivity their family bonds are stretched to the breaking point—as the lifter draws near, Corte must ultimately choose between protecting his charges and exposing them to a killer in the name of long-awaited revenge.

©2010 Jeffrey Deaver (P)2010 Simon and Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"Deaver unveils some nifty new tricks in this edge-of-your-seat thriller.... Deaver’s first first-person narrator, Corte, is an exciting new weapon in the author’s arsenal of memorable characters." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fans of Deaver’s fiendishly clever suspensers... won’t be surprised by the nonstop deceptions, reversals, shocks and surprises, but this time they’re even more varied than usual, and, given the characters’ backgrounds, a lot more plausible. The result is his most successful thriller in years." (Kirkus)

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  • nevina
  • CT, United States
  • 12-23-10

Good book but Mr Narrator, there is no H in weapon

This is somewhat different from the previous Deaver books I have read or listened to but is just as fast paced and enjoyable as all the others. The narration is adequate for the most part. He is pretty much just reading the book aloud in a somewhat flat tone as opposed to delivering a performance. It is a testament to Mr Deavers skill as a writer that the narrator didn't ruin my enjoyment of his story. One thing I did find very jarring was that the word weapon was always pronounced wheppon with an annoying emphasis on the wh. Kind of like he was blowing to cool down his coffee or something. Why did the director not pick up on this???
Still despite this, i'd still say this audiobook is credit worthy.

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  • Mark
  • Louisville, United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • 12-15-10

Think Kevin Costner

Okay the narrator is a little "monotone." But he sounds like Kevin Costner! So just imagine that Kevin is narrating. Seriously, try it. It helps me to imagine an actor in each of the roles. A young Kevin fits the part.

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