An ambitious reporter haunted by memories of the war in Afghanistan follows an FBI tip to investigate the mysterious disappearance -- and likely murder -- of a former Marine.
Dawson Scott is a haunted man. A well-respected journalist recently returned from an assignment in Afghanistan, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue, and it has begun to threaten every aspect of his life.
But when Dawson gets a call from a source within the FBI, it could be his big break -- and he has a vested interest in the case. New information has come to light for a story that began 40 years ago.
Soon, Dawson is covering the disappearance and presumed murder of former Marine Jeremy Wesson, the biological son of the pair of terrorists who remain on the FBI's Most Wanted list. As Dawson digs deeper into the story, he cannot ignore his developing feelings for Wesson's ex-wife, Amelia, and his desire to protect her two young sons.
The case takes a stunning new turn when Amelia's nanny turns up dead, and Dawson finds himself the prime suspect. Haunted by his own demons, Dawson takes up the chase, for only the notorious outlaws can clear his name . . . and reveal the secret, startling truth about himself.
Domestic terrorism provides the backdrop for this uneven romantic thriller from bestseller Brown (Low Pressure). Dawson Scott, a veteran journalist traumatized by his work in Afghanistan, rejects the fluff piece his editor urges him to write, and instead travels to Georgia to cover the trial of Willard Strong, accused of murdering his wife and her lover, Jeremy Wessum, and feeding them to his fighting dogs. Dawson can't resist reporting on the case after his godfather, a former FBI agent, tips him off that Wessum might be the son of a pair of famous terrorists. The journalist comes prepared for some courtroom drama, but what he's unprepared for is falling in love with Wessum's former wife, Amelia. The death of the nanny of Amelia's two young sons suggests that a murderer may still be on the loose. Dawson and Amelia's contrived, torrid love affair undermines an otherwise straightforward whodunit. Readers should be prepared for some cringe-worthy dialogue before reaching the propulsive final scenes.
I enjoyed that this book has twists all through it. It felt like I had reached the end by the middle because it seemed that I knew all of the secrets. Because of this it didn't leave much room for a surprise ending, which I missed. But overall this was a good read.
Great blend of present events of protagonist and antagonists and careful placement of just the right amount of backstory for clarification and intrigue. Action, romance, mystery, family woes, and a great plot. Must read.
The plot was different from Brown's other books, but that's why I liked it. The twist and turns had me reading into the wee hours of the morn.