As a serial killer plays games with the FBI, a special agent and her K-9 partner refuse to follow the rules in this Washington, D.C., thriller.
Somewhere in the Washington, D.C. area, a woman lies helpless in a box—barely breathing and buried alive. In Quantico, the FBI receives a coded message from the woman’s abductor. He wants to play a game: decipher the clues, save the girl. But when FBI cryptanalysts crack the code, Special Agent Meg Jennings and her K-9 partner, Hawk, are too late. An innocent life is lost…and the killer’s game is far from over.
With more coded messages, the deadly pattern is repeated—again and again. As the body count rises, Meg decides to break protocol and consult her brilliant sister, Cara, to decipher the kidnapper’s twisted clues. Putting her job on the line, Meg is determined not to let one more person die under her and Hawk’s watch. If the plan fails, it could bite them in the end. And if it leads to the killer, it could bury them forever . . .
In Driscoll's fine follow-up to 2016's Lone Wolf, a killer sends coded messages with clues to the whereabouts of kidnapped women to Meg Jennings of the FBI's Forensic Canine Unit. When the FBI's cryptanalysis unit deciphers the first message, Meg and her black Labrador, Hawk, along with other members of their team, find the first victim buried in a grave in Arlington National Cemetery. The coffin contains both the dead woman and the body of a soldier killed in combat. A second clue leads to a second victim, and several things become obvious. First, the killer is fixated on Meg; second, the victims resemble Meg; third, each clue connects the victim with a site tied to the Civil War. When Meg is suspended from the case, she turns for unofficial assistance to her sister, Cara, a word games expert. The tension rises as the killer targets Meg and her family. Driscoll nicely incorporates various Civil War locations and trivia into the mystery, while Meg and Hawk prove themselves a formidable team that readers will want to see more of.