In this heart-pounding and sharply written thriller from J.A. Jance, the “grand master of the genre” (The Providence Journal), Ali Reynolds’s personal life is thrown into turmoil just as two men show up on the scene—a former employee of her husband’s who has just been released from prison and a serial killer who sets his sights a little too close to home.
Mateo Vega, a one-time employee of Ali Reynold’s husband, B. Simpson, has spent the last sixteen years of his life behind bars. According to the courts, he murdered his girlfriend. But Mateo knows that her real killer is still on the loose, and the first thing he’s going to do when he gets a taste of freedom is track him down.
After being granted parole, a wary Mateo approaches Stu Ramey of High Noon Enterprises for a reference letter for a job application, but to his surprise, Stu gives him one better: He asks him to come on board and work for B. once again. Just as Mateo starts his new job, though, chaos breaks out at High Noon—a deadbeat tenant who is in arrears has just fled, and tech expert Cami Lee has gone missing.
As Ali races to both find a connection between the two disappearances and help Mateo clear his name with the help of PI J.P. Beaumont, tragedy strikes in her personal life, and with lives hanging in the balance, she must thread the needle between good and evil before it’s too late.
At the start of bestseller Jance's plodding 16th Ali Reynolds mystery (after 2020's Credible Threat), Ali, the CFO of High Noon Enterprises, an Arizona cybersecurity company she owns with her husband, serves an eviction notice on Harvey McCloskey, a deadbeat tenant who rents office space from High Noon. Harvey vows to get revenge. Meanwhile, Mateo Vega, who's been paroled after serving 16 years in prison for a murder he claims he didn't commit, has trouble finding a job in his field of expertise, computer technology, until High Noon hires him. At one point, Ali makes a call to someone who can help Mateo clear his name. When High Noon employee Cami Lee is kidnapped, Ali turns to Frigg, an AI entity that handles everything from background checks to strategic planning. Frigg applies its cyber-magic to tracking down Cami's kidnapper. Since Ali does so much delegating, she has lots to time to focus on her aging parents and their problems. Well-defined characters make up only in part for the shortage of detective work. This is for established fans only.