On a day like any other, Kendra Hardie picks up the phone.
A voice says, 'leave the house and you're dead'.
Then the line is cut.
Kendra hasn't seen her husband Charlie for nearly a decade. He hasn't forgotten about her - but neither have his enemies. And he has a lot of enemies.
Charlie thought he could protect her by staying away. But now he has access to secrets his enemies will kill to keep hidden, and they're planning to start with his family.
After years in exile, Charlie's arming up... and heading home.
While not quite up to the standard of its predecessors, the concluding volume in the Charlie Hardie trilogy (after 2011's Hell and Gone) offers Swierczynski's appealing blend of bizarre plot developments and frenetic prose. The one-time police consultant's adventures began when a house-sitting gig in Los Angeles led to his crossing paths with the Accident People, killers who stage murders designed to look accidental. Hardie later became a murder suspect and wound up incarcerated in an unusual prison. Now Hardie finds himself in his tightest spot yet inside a satellite orbiting Earth. He's there to guard "something" for the Cabal, the masters of the Accident People, who have promised not to harm his wife and son in return. The arrival on the satellite of a man who happens to look just like Hardie imperils our hero's mission. Readers are in for a wild and immensely enjoyable ride.