By David Baldacci

A mysterious high-profile murder within the nation's capital collides with the darkish facet of nationwide safeguard in David Baldacci's new, heart-stopping thriller.


Mason "Mace" Perry was once a firebrand cop at the D.C. police strength till she used to be abducted and framed for a criminal offense. She misplaced everything-her badge, her occupation, her freedom-and spent years in felony. Now she's again at the outdoors and interested in one undertaking: to be a cop once again. Her simply shot to be a real blue back is to unravel a massive case on her personal, and turn out she has the correct to put on the uniform. yet in spite of her police leader sister on her part, she has to paintings within the shadows: A vindictive U.S. legal professional is seeking any cause to ship Mace again in the back of bars. Then Roy Kingman enters her life.

Roy is a tender attorney who aided the negative till he took a high-paying activity at a legislation enterprise in Washington. Mace and Roy meet after he discovers the lifeless physique of a feminine accomplice on the enterprise. As they examine the loss of life, they begin uncovering superb secrets and techniques from either the personal and public global of the nation's capital.

Soon, what started as a reasonably regimen murder takes a terrifying and unforeseen turn-into anything advanced, diabolical, and doubtless deadly.

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Thank you, Beth. I’ll keep on with you at the motorcycle. ” “Hold on, I didn’t say you'll cross. ” “I simply assumed. ” “Never suppose, Mace. If Dad taught us something, it’s that. ” “I won’t get within the manner. I swear. I… I simply… leave out it, Beth. ” “Mace, I’m sorry. I don’t imagine it'd be an excellent idea—” Mace reduce her off. “Fine, overlook it. You’re correct. I’ll simply cross devour a few Rocky street and take a sleep. and take a look at to not die from pleasure. ” She began to stroll off, her head down, her shoulders slumped. “All correct, you could come,” Beth stated grudgingly. “But continue your mouth close. You’re invisible. ok? ” Mace didn’t solution; she used to be sprinting to her motorbike. “And cease whining,” Beth known as after her. bankruptcy nine ROY KINGMAN had hit thirty-one pictures in a row on his behind-the-door basketball hoop. The police had swarmed where mins after he’d phoned 911. It nonetheless didn’t look attainable that he’d long gone to make espresso, opened the refrigerator, and stuck Diane Tolliver’s useless physique earlier than it hit the ground. He’d been requested plenty of questions by way of a lot of people, a few in uniform and a few no longer. because the different legal professionals had arrived at paintings, notice had quick unfold as to what had occurred. a number of companions and some affiliates had stopped via to determine him, providing supportive phrases and likewise expressions of sympathy, puzzlement, and worry. One fellow attorney had even appeared a piece suspicious of him. The police officers wouldn’t inform him something. He didn’t understand how lengthy Diane were useless. He didn’t even be aware of what had killed the girl. there has been no blood or wounds that he may see. even supposing he’d defended accused murderers while he’d been a CJA and had visible his percentage of post-mortem photographs, he wasn’t precisely a professional on violent dying. He checked out his table filled with paintings to do after which glanced away. now not at the present time. The consumers may well wait. He hadn’t been Diane Tolliver’s closest confidant, yet he had labored together with her and beloved her. She’d taught him much. And a person had killed her and crammed her in a refrigerator subsequent to a box of days-old potato salad. He palmed the little rubber ball, cocked his arm again, and with a soft movement published his thirty-second shot. It sailed instantly and precise correct to the ring. merely the door opened and the rubber ball hit Beth Perry within the head as an alternative. She bent all the way down to decide it up and tossed it again to him as he rose from his chair, his mouth agape as his gaze took within the 4 stars. no longer that he wanted that to understand who she was once. The D. C. police leader was once within the media highlight quite a lot. humans marched in in the back of her. The final one closed the door. The final one used to be Mace, doing her top to wander off within the crowd. Beth brought herself and a few of the people together with her. She’d already interviewed the 1st responders and checked out the physique. except Roy there have been no witnesses, at the least they'd stumbled on to date. The paramedics had preliminarily said Tolliver useless, and the ME was once that allows you to make that pronouncement authentic. As detectives took notes, the executive guided Roy in the course of the occasions of the morning and what he knew concerning the useless lady.

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