Myron is happy. He's back with Terese, the love of his life, and they're getting married. The moment is shattered when Win, his best friend, calls needing help. Ten years ago Win's nephew, Rhys, and Patrick, Rhy's seven-year-old friend, were kidnapped. Now Win has located one of the boys, but waiting to grab both he let the boy get away. Because he was injudicious in the way he dealt with the thugs who were advancing on the boy, he needs Myron's help to continue the search.
This is a fast paced thriller with lots of twists and plenty of violence. The plot is hard to figure out until the end. Ten-years-ago something went terribly wrong when the boys were playing together. They disappeared, presumed kidnapped, but where were they taken? The parents heard nothing until Win received an email which set him off on the trial of the boys.
Win and Myron have a special relationship dating back to college days. Their personalities are quite dissimilar, but that makes them engaging. Their repartee keeps the dialog spirited and makes the book hard to put down. I particularly enjoyed the contrast between the chapters where Win is the main character and those where Myron leads. It highlights their differences, but shows the strength of their friendship.
The secondary characters like Big Cyndi and Zorra, the crossdressing Israeli agent, are colorful and add a delightful dimension to the novel.
Although this is not the first book in the series, I found it easy to read as a standalone. There are references to the past, but the author doesn't dwell on the previous cases so the action keeps moving.
I highly recommend this book if you enjoy a good thriller. You may even be inspired to look at the rest of the series.
I received this book from Penguin Random House for this review.