When I read other reviews I am often astonished that we are discussing the same book. This book has some stomach rending scenes and abhorrently demented personalities but it was captivating and engaging.
Kathryn Dance is a kinesics (body language) expert at the CBI (California Bureau of Investigation. On a daily basis she battles criminals and the sexual bias of her law enforcement peers. A widow, Dance, prides herself on her talent and her ethics. The bipolar plot centers around a gun running, drug selling cartel and a sociopathic mass murderer.
Deaver does a great job fleshing out the character of Dance. He provides motivation and color for her personality and her ethical mores. Her family is shown with realistic behavior.
Deaver's intricate plot has some surprising twists and turns. That deviousness glues you to the story line trying to outguess what insidious curve Deaver will throw next.
This is an excellent plot with plenty of action and devious twists and turns.
I highly recommend it.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.