The past is about to catch up to Jack Logan and Taylor Parks in this gripping follow-up to The Network—praised by Steve Berry as “mandatory reading for any thriller aficionado.”
It’s been almost two years since investigative reporter Jack Logan and television producer Taylor Parks brought down the Institute—the secret facility responsible for indoctrinating a generation of America’s political and media power players. Their lives are just getting back to normal, and Jack and Taylor have settled into married life with their young son, Evan.
But soon a series of bizarre, seemingly random murder/suicides captures Jack’s attention as a disturbing pattern emerges. Could someone be intentionally causing people to become homicidal? At the same time, Taylor is producing a story about a class action suit against a national insurance company that has reached the Supreme Court.
As Jack and Taylor start to suspect that their stories are connected, they realize there is something far more insidious at play that could not only directly threaten them—but the very future of the country…
Two years have passed since investigative reporter Jack Logan and TV producer Taylor Parks exposed the Institute, a secret organization trying to control high-ranking political and media leaders, in 2019's The Network. Now, in this so-so sequel from the pseudonymous Shaw (Lynne Constantine, coauthor with her sister of The Wife Stalker as Liv Constantine), Jack and Taylor are happily married in New York City and the doting parents of a toddler. Jack is following a story about 18 murder-suicides committed by normally nonviolent people, and Taylor is producing a story about a class-action suit against a national insurance company with ruthless policies. As their respective stories intersect, the couple combine their research. Meanwhile, they're unaware that their old foe Damon Crosse, the Institute's director, faked his suicide in the previous book, and, in disguise, controls Taylor's TV station. Tedious plotting, dense prose, and bland characters mar the plot, which centers on Crosse's efforts to collect the 30 pieces of silver Judas received for betraying Jesus to further an evil plan. Fans of James Bond villains and Dan Brown knockoffs may be satisfied. \n