When a parish priest discovers a newborn left on the church steps, he also discovers a locket with photojournalist Siobhan Walsh’s phone number inside. She comes to Texas to investigate and, after running into some serious trouble with Texas local law enforcement, she reaches out to her friend inside the FBI for help. FBI agents Lucy Kincaid and Noah Armstrong are assigned to help and they soon discover that Siobhan has stumbled upon a potential human trafficking ring of a horrific nature. Meanwhile, an ex-girlfriend of Sean’s from his days at Stanford suddenly shows up for help finding her missing husband and son…who she reveals is his child.
After the events of the last story, Noah Armstrong was dispatched to help clean up and temporarily head the San Antonio office and assist the supporting agencies that were wrecked by corrupt agents. Moral is low and Lucy is coming to terms with the aftermath, her role in it and her path forward. The two cases were gnarly but I liked that these personal introspections were woven into the story’s fabric and impacted actions and decisions at every juncture. It’s a strong human element that was subtle but impactful. I was stunned by the introduction of Sean’s twelve-year old son, Jesse, and it adds another layer of issues for him and Lucy.
There’s a lot going on but it all comes together rather well. The pressure on Sean and Lucy’s relationship was heartbreaking on both sides and it was an unexpected opportunity to see him be so vulnerable. The realities of what happened at the San Antonio bureau office felt authentic and the human trafficking case was awful but realistic. I appreciate that the author didn’t pull punches and spare the dreadful details without being overly graphic. The narrator’s performance was wonderful, often nuanced to manage emotional passages for a number of characters, main and secondary. She was excellent. This is a complex story with many, many layers, one I very much enjoyed as it shifted the focus adeptly from the pain of the last few books.
- Release Date: November 29, 2016
- Series: Lucy Kincaid #11
- Narrator: Ann Marie Lee
- Audio Length: 15 hours, 27 minutes
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio