A propulsive political thriller featuring two outsiders caught up in a stunning conspiracy, filled with details and twists that only a true political insider could write.
When one of the nation’s most prestigious senators jumps from a cliff in Maine, it is no surprise that the political elite and the media flock to the story, determined to uncover what has happened--and whether foul play was involved. Palmer Knight, a fast-rising TV news correspondent, is sent to cover the mysterious death, and finds himself embroiled in a plot that goes far beyond the Senate and onto the global stage.
Meanwhile, Army veteran and former Supreme Court clerk Amity Jones thought she had left the fast lane behind when she moved to Ohio to care for her cancer-stricken mother. But her dogged pursuit of a local medical mystery places bring her back to the world of politics, and ultimately into Palmer's investigation of the senator’s death. The unlikely duo, brought together by seemingly unconnected events, soon find themselves enmeshed in a political conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of power, and places their lives—and many others—in terrible danger.
At the start of this fast-moving if contrivance-filled thriller from Pepper (The Voter File), Duke Barber, a longtime U.S. senator from Maine, parks his pickup at the base of a rocky hill topped by a historic lighthouse, the stage for his "most pivotal moments." Barber walks up the hill and jumps off a cliff into the sea. Two days later, CNN newsman Palmer Knight is standing by the elderly senator's abandoned pickup, wondering what happened to the missing man. Might he have slipped to his death—or was it a case of foul play? Meanwhile, former Supreme Court clerk Amity Jones, now working a low-level legal job in Mansfield, Ohio, explores a local medical mystery while caring for her seriously ill mother. Amity, whose boss had been a close friend of Barber's, winds up joining Palmer's investigation into the senator's death. Too many hard-to-swallow twists—Amity is kidnapped and tortured at the direction of a Harvard doctor; Palmer gets his inside information from the U.S. president herself—strain credibility. As usual, Pepper finds a way to illuminate an issue not far from the political front burner. This effort, however, isn't one of his best. Agent: Mitch Hoffman, Aaron M. Priest Literary.