After taking a bullet for his commander-in-chief, Secret Service agent Joseph Reeder is a hero. But his outspoken criticism of the president he saved--who had stacked the Supreme Court with hard-right justices to overturn Roe v. Wade, amp up the Patriot Act, and shred the First Amendment--put Reeder at odds with the Service's apolitical nature, making him an outcast.Read more...
After taking a bullet for his commander-in-chief, Secret Service agent Joseph Reeder is a hero. But his outspoken criticism of the president he saved--who had stacked the Supreme Court with hard-right justices to overturn Roe v. Wade, amp up the Patriot Act, and shred the First Amendment--put Reeder at odds with the Service's apolitical nature, making him an outcast.
FBI agent Patti Rogers finds herself paired with the unpopular former agent on a task force investigating the killing of Supreme Court Justice Henry Venter. Reeder--nicknamed -Peep- for his unparalleled skills at reading body language--makes a startling discovery while reviewing a security tape: the shooting was premeditated, not a botched robbery. Even more chilling, the controversial Venter may not be the only justice targeted for death...
Is a mastermind mounting an unprecedented judicial coup aimed at replacing ultra-conservative justices with a new liberal majority? To crack the conspiracy and save the lives of not just the justices but also Reeder's own family, rising star Rogers and legendary investigator Reeder must push their skills--and themselves--to the limit.
- ISBN-13: 9781612185309
- ISBN-10: 1612185304
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
- Publish Date: July 2014
- Page Count: 336
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-04-21
- Reviewer: Staff
At the start of this unsatisfying political thriller set a decade in the future, two masked gunmen invade the Verdict Chophouse, a Washington, D.C., restaurant, where Supreme Court Associate Justice Henry Venter, who led the successful effort to overturn Roe v. Wade under President Gregory Watson Bennett (Obama’s Republican successor), and other top government officials are eating unguarded. One of the robbers shoots Venter dead after the judge makes a sudden move. When former Secret Service agent Joseph Reeder, who took a bullet for Bennett, views a video of the murder, he concludes that Venter was the target all along in what was meant to look like a robbery gone wrong. Reeder joins a task force investigating the crime. Other implausible security lapses and a completely predictable ending add up to a work well below Collins’s best, like his Nate Heller series (Ask Not, etc.). Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (June)