A school shooting in snowbound Vermont; an American journalist beheaded in war-torn Syria; a passenger jet exploding in the Thai jungle—everything connects to Kate Swift, CIA assassin turned whistleblower, on the run from a sinister intelligence unit.
With her six-year-old daughter, Suzie, she flees across the Canadian border to begin a perilous journey to Berlin and then Thailand in search of the only man who can keep them alive: Harry Hook, a disgraced ex–CIA case officer living rough in the wilderness, battling the bottle and ghosts from his past.
Can Hook conjure an inspired but desperate plan that will save Kate and Suzie and bring him the redemption he yearns for?
At the start of this suspenseful tale from Rayburn (the pen name of South African author Roger Smith), Kate Swift, a disgraced CIA agent who's been living under an alias in a tiny Vermont town and hiding from a sinister element from her past, stops two armed young men early in their attempt to commit mass murder at her six-year-old daughter Suzie's elementary school. Knowing that the unavoidable publicity will expose her true identity, Kate flees with Suzie, first to Canada. As they travel the world Germany, Thailand, and the Andaman Sea Kate seeks and obtains assistance from two former high-ranking CIA employees: the man who trained and recruited her; and a clever, effective agent who was discredited when, as a consequence of an error he made in commanding the response to a hostage situation, 22 people were killed. As the bad guys close in, Kate fakes her death, and the ensuing intrigues put Kate and Suzie at great peril. A fascinating plot and arresting characters keep the reader thoroughly engrossed.)