Blake Hudson just wants to serve his country well as a lawyer for the United States Justice Department—but when an unknown threat begins plotting his downfall, he must find who is setting him up before it costs him his life.
Scavenger Hunt is a suspense novel chronicling the plight of Blake Hudson, a Justice Department lawyer assigned to a clandestine counterterrorist group created to bypass onerous legal requirements. After the group mysteriously disbands, Hudson becomes the scapegoat and is transformed from hunter to hunted. As he searches for answers and attempts to piece the puzzle together, people are following him, trying to kill him.
Written for fans of fast-paced thrillers, dry humor, political gamesmanship, and Clue-like twists and turns, Scavenger Hunt carves out a distinct niche best described as a hybrid of the Robert Ludlum classics and works by Brad Meltzer. Blake Hudson’s story addresses issues that have shaped recent elections and continue to frustrate interest groups and government leaders, while featuring the inner workings of the U.S. Department of Justice Building—arguably the most important and misunderstood agency in the federal government. Author Chad Boudreaux’s unique voice and page-turning storytelling packs a plot-driven punch that readers won’t be able to put down.
Boudreaux, who served in the Justice Department's counterterrorism division and as deputy chief of staff to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, puts those experiences to good use in his debut, an intelligent thriller. In the near future, game one of the World Series ends tragically when more than 10,000 are killed by a suicide bomber who parachuted into San Francisco's Renaissance Stadium. This terrorist act is attributed to al Thoorah, an al-Qaeda splinter group. When the bombing is followed by a court ruling allowing al Thoorah's incarcerated leader to have unmonitored access to counsel, which could potentially facilitate further outrages and even his escape from custody, a shadowy American cabal acts. Their plotting enmeshes Blake Hudson, a top assistant to the attorney general, who's tapped to join a covert task force formed in response to the new threats. The group meets on the eighth floor of the main Justice Department building, which Hudson believed only had seven floors. Boudreaux makes the most of his concept, populating his page-turning plot with plausible characters and developments. Tom Clancy fans will hope for more from Boudreaux.