For fans of Michael Connelly and Lisa Gardner comes a riveting new thriller featuring FBI handler Meg Jennings and her K-9 partner, Hawk, as they are drawn into a blood diamond smuggling investigation with an enemy whose power and ruthlessness know no bounds in a case worthy of Jack Reacher or Jason Bourne . . .
“Under Pressure has both bark and bite.” —Mystery Scene Mag
Diamonds are no one’s best friend when the jewels in question are smuggled conflict gems. Meg Jennings and her Labrador, Hawk, have undertaken many search-and-rescue missions, but this case has an unusual twist. A Philadelphia syndicate is importing diamonds from war-torn African nations and selling them with fake certificates to Stateside dealers. Agent Finn Pierce of the Organized Crime Program is embedded with the syndicate, but being caught with a wire or tracking device would mean instant execution. If Meg, her partner Brian Foster, and their dogs can track Pierce to a deal location, they can break the smuggling chain while maintaining Pierce’s cover.
With the syndicate monitoring every move, it’s a risky operation with more players than Meg and Brian first assumed—on both sides of the law. And when one of their own gets caught in the line of fire, the team embarks on a desperate rescue mission, knowing that mere seconds are all that separate life and death . . .
“Exceptional . . . Readers will hope this series has a long run.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW on Storm Rising
In Driscoll's straightforward sixth FBI K9 mystery (after 2020's Leave No Trace), the FBI assigns two agents and their canines who ordinarily do search and rescue—Meg Jennings and her dog, Hawk, and Meg's partner, Brian Foster, and his dog, Lacey—to a case involving blood diamonds ("Diamonds mined and sold to finance a war or a warlord"). The FBI has an undercover agent, Finn Pierce, planted inside the Philadelphia Mafia, but Finn is having trouble busting the mobsters selling the diamonds because the transactions happen so fast. The plan is for Meg and Brian, posing as dog walkers, to follow the undercover agent with Hawk and Lacey to the locations where the sales are taking place and arrest the crooks in the act. They make several attempts that come close, but not close enough. The stakes rise when the Mafia comes after Meg in her home—and it turns out there are more than the gems involved. At times, too much information about blood diamonds and the Mafia slows the pace. Those looking for a simple, clean story will be satisfied.