As he lies, bound and hidden, on the floor of his abductors' SUV, Carroll
Monks is only dimly aware of the bizarre series of high-profile murders sweeping
across the nation. What he thinks about instead, as they travel for hours deep
into the Northern California wilderness, is that the face of one of his
abductors belongs to his own son, Glenn -- long estranged and living (the last
Monks knew) on the streets of Seattle.
The vehicle finally stops. When Monks is untied and steps out, he sees he's
been brought to a remote off-the-grid community where paramilitary training and
methamphetamine make for combustible, uneasy bedfellows -- and that Glenn has
fallen under the spell of a disenfranchised countercultural sociopath known
simply as Freeboot, who claims that a revolution "of the people" is
already under way. Monks is appalled by Freeboot's violent histrionics and
Manson-like affinity for the hidden messages buried within Lennon and McCartney
lyrics, yet acknowledges that he hears echoes of his own feelings when Freeboot
speaks about the disintegration of workers' rights, the escalating differential
between the haves and the have-nots, and the slap-on-the-wrist
"justice" doled out in cases of billion-dollar corporate malfeasance.
Could this well-armed madman actually have his finger on the pulse of the
The reason Monks has been abducted, he soon discovers, is Freeboot's own son,
a four-year-old boy who is deathly ill -- a conundrum for Freeboot, whose
distrust of institutional America (hospitals included) borders on the psychotic.
Monks, an ER physician, has been brought in to care for the boy, but he can see
immediately that the boy's condition is acute and that only immediate
hospitalization will save him. When Monks's pleas fall on deaf ears, he fashions
a daring escape during a snowstorm, with the young boy slung across his back --
and brings the wrath of a madman down on himself and his family, culminating in
a diabolically crafted "revolution" -- a recreation of Hitchcock's The
Birds, but with human predators, unleashed on the town of Bodega Bay,
Booklist - David Pitt
The quick-witted Monks is one of mystery fiction's more original
series leads, and this new novel shows that he is a long way away from
outstaying his welcome. Bring on the next one!
Starred Review. In his fourth thriller about reluctant medical hero Dr. Carroll
Monks (after 2003's To the Bone), McMahon pulls off the virtually impossible he
creates a lunatic terrorist adversary so believable that he quickly becomes
touchingly real.... In McMahon's cool, expert hands, it becomes a duel
both fascinating and frighteningly real.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
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