Like his con artist father, Rollie Waters knows all the angles, and he’s never fewer than two steps ahead of trouble. But unlike his father, Rollie is not a criminal. Only when he’s working undercover for the Marines, inhabiting a false identity, is Rollie comfortable in his own skin.
But after he’s yanked out of his latest assignment and tossed into the brig, he’s not that surprised to hear that a lot of government money has gone missing and the officials think Rollie’s father took it. The only way to find Dan Waters is to trace the frail tendrils of truth scattered among Rollie’s childhood memories. To do that, he’ll have to go deep into the undercover identity of a lifetime—his own.
Like le Carr 's A Perfect Spy, screenwriter Rich's assured first novel explores the relationship between a son and an untrustworthy father. Soon after Marine Lt. Rollie Waters, who rebelled against his father, Dan, by not lying, cheating, or stealing, returns to Camp Pendleton in California from an undercover mission in Afghanistan, two men who have been tailing him shoot out the window of his jeep. After he forces their vehicle off the road, he's deemed to have been driving drunk and gone AWOL. Back at the base, the commanding officer orders Waters to locate his con man father and the millions in cash Dan is suspected to possess that came from Saddam Hussein's horde of U.S. dollars seized by American troops during the 2003 occupation of Baghdad. Rich tosses in both humor and surprising plot twists, and though his characters lack the psychological depth of, say, le Carr 's Magnus Pym, they are distinctive enough for the reader to care what happens to them.