Seeking justice for the murder of a fellow cop, Jack Taggart goes undercover to penetrate a gang whose leader is the culprit.
Jack Taggart is out for justice, and just a little revenge, when he goes undercover as a pimp to hunt down the murderer of a cop to whom he owes an everlasting debt of gratitude. Embroiled in a mysterious international crime syndicate, for once Taggart might be in over his head.
It seemed like a simple investigation of a drug trafficker at first, but when Taggart gets a desperate call for help from one of his informants, he falls headlong into a ruthless network of black marketeering and murder orchestrated by an elusive mastermind. After an Interpol agent is compromised and assassinated, Jack is drawn deeper into the web of crime as things get personal. Despite the constant risk of exposure, Jack is getting close, but any mistake could be fatal. As his allies fall, the only protection Jack has left is a stolen painting that might as well be a bullseye on his back.
This is the ninth Jack Taggart mystery by Easton (The Benefactor), whose 20 years as an undercover agent with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) lend his books a gritty authenticity informed by the dark realities of his experience. This installment opens as RCMP operative Jack rescues a call girl informant from the hands of three sexual sadists. He discovers that the thugs are linked to an international crime ring led by the mysterious "Ringmaster," but in the process, a French undercover policeman, Kerin Bastion, is murdered when he tries to warn Jack that the criminals are on to him. The story charts Jack's extended chase over several countries to seek revenge for Kerin's death and expose the Ringmaster's operation. Fortunately, he has something the Ringmaster wants back: a stolen painting. This intelligent cat and mouse game pits the fearless Jack and his team against seemingly impossible odds. How does a naked agent in the wilds of southern Italy overcome six assailants? The answer, and the whole tale, will keep readers on the edge of their seats.