Brendan Thorne, ex-army Ranger and master CIA sniper, has turned his back on violence. But while working as a game warden at a Kenya safari park, an FBI team appear from nowhere, kidnap him and fly him back to the US to meet the newly elected President.
President Wallberg is being stalked by veteran Vietnam sniper and old schoolmate Hal Corwin. According to the government's computers, Thorne is the perfect match for Corwin in every way. Only Thorne can stop him before he gets to the President.
Thorne pursues Corwin across America in a deadly game of cat and mouse, but as he closes in on his target, he learns that all is not as it seems, and that he can trust no one. Now he is caught in a web of deceit and ambition far larger than he ever suspected . . .
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.