It's election night in the US. Gustave Walberg becomes leader of the free world and legendary Vietnam sniper Halden Corwin murders his daughter and son-in-law before disappearing into the night. Driven by events that took place over forty years ago, he now has the President's head in his sights.
Escaping his old life as a CIA sniper in Colombia, Brendan Thorne has become a guard at a safari camp in Kenya's Tsavo Game Park. But FBI agent Terrill Hatfield has other ideas - he arranges for Thorne to be deported back to the US, to protect the President. He is the only man who can stop Corwin and save the nation's leader.
As Thorne comes steadily closer to his quarry, he discovers he can trust no one, except perhaps the mysterious Janet Kestrel. Caught in a web of lies and ambitions, Thorne realizes it is no longer the President's live he needs to save, but his own…
Edgar-winner Gores (Cases) will satisfy action junkies with this fast-paced, suspenseful stand-alone, though not everyone will find suspending disbelief an easy matter. The impending inauguration of near-future U.S. President Gustave Wallberg is clouded by a threat from a man previously thought dead, Hal Corwin. According to the administration, Corwin, a Vietnam veteran and expert marksman, brutally murdered his own daughter, and Wallberg's closest advisers decide that their best chance of thwarting an assassination attempt is to find Corwin's benevolent doppelg nger in the person of Brendan Thorne, a younger man with similar skills. Despite some flimsy plotting (e.g., wounded characters are assumed dead by their adversaries), Gores artfully shifts perspective between the hunter and the hunted as the alleged assassin moves closer to his target and Thorne finds he can't trust his closest allies.