Exploring alone, Caroline finds herself fleeing a fierce thunderstorm. Backtracking to the cabin, she takes a wrong path and gets helplessly lost. While seeking temporary shelter in an old, decrepit shed she discovers the kidnap victim shed read about in the local paper. The woman, bound and gagged was imprisoned in a root cellar. Carolines thwarted attempt at a rescue finds her with the end of a cold steel shotgun pressed against her back.
Back at the cabin, Jason, a private detective, paces the floor. He cant imagine where his wife could be during the ferocious storm, or why she doesnt return after the storm subsides.
Caroline and the woman lay side by side in the darkness, now victims of a crazed madman. The two young women must find a way to save themselves before their captor returns and digs graves for two.
Lillian Jones' son has been murdered, and the local police can't solve the case. Desperate, she turns to Mark Christian for help. She's heard of his reputation. He's not like most Private Investigators, who spend their time slinking around outside motels taking pictures of people cheating. He gets hired for the rough stuff: executive protection and murder investigations. This case takes him from his home in the beautiful mountains of the Shenandoah to the underbelly of the vicious drug trade in inner city Washington D.C., the "murder capitol of the world." It is a nightmarish, surreal world of junkies, dealers, and hookers; a gritty, morally complex journey that pits this tough new P.I. against a drug kingpin and domestic terrorist.
"The hero in this story is finely drawn, a carefully crafted jewel of contradictions. He has the toughness, courage and principals of Robert B. Parker's Spenser, but is ultimately more complex and conflicted. The story is moving and unforgettable with something for everyone: romance, searing, heart-stopping action, and an engaging mystery that has a shocking, surprise ending. But, what is also fantastic, is its basis in reality. Anyone who has worked in the inner city knows that the horrible places he writes about actually exist." Gregory Bearstop, MTS, LCADC, Author of Happiness That is Guaranteed.