Following Adrenaline, The Last Minute, and Downfall, Jeff Abbott returns with the next riveting novel in the award-winning New York Times bestselling Sam Capra series.
Sam Capra's friend Steve has been murdered, shot dead in the rain outside of his Miami bar. The only lead: a mysterious, beautiful stranger Steve tried to protect. To avenge his friend, Sam goes undercover into the Varelas, one of Miami's most prominent and dangerous families.
Now on the inside, playing a part where one wrong move means death, Sam faces a powerful, unstable tycoon intent on dividing his business empire between his three very different children, who each may hold murderous secrets of their own.
Sam is relentlessly drawn into this family's intense drama, amplifying painful echoes of his own shattered relationships as a son, brother, father, and husband. And just when he thinks he understands why the family is self-destructing, he discovers a lethal secret so shocking that the Varelas cannot let him walk away alive . . .
Thriller Award winner Abbott draws on Shakespeare's King Lear for his outstanding fourth Sam Capra novel (after 2013's Downfall). When Steve Robles, an old friend of Sam's, is shot dead outside the Miami bar that Sam runs, Sam, a former CIA agent, resolves to find Steve's killer. Under the name Sam Chevalier, Sam goes "inside" the luxurious Varela family compound in Puerto Rico, where Steve was working a security job for frightened Cordelia Varela. Meanwhile, Cordelia's father, patriarch Rey Varela, is dividing his shipping empire which is not entirely legitimate among his three children, playing one against the other. Sam breaks laws to serve the good and rescue the innocent, while resisting Rey's efforts to sweep him into a nefarious international scheme. Abbott injects enough of Sam's back story to make his intricate plot believable, judiciously spices his tale with tasteful but usually interrupted romance, and convincingly makes Sam a genuine contemporary "chevalier."