FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid accompanies the team assembled to address a hostage situation at a coffee shop, backing up the negotiator. Customers and the manager are being held at gunpoint by Charlie McMahon, a research scientist who recently lost his job, his family and what appears to be his sanity. He’s shot and killed when the team attempts a rescue and he fires his weapon. As they explore his life to figure out why McMahon unraveled and what he wanted, the case becomes more complex and extends beyond the events at the coffee shop. Meanwhile, Lucy’s husband Sean Rogan is enjoying some precious time with his thirteen-year old son Jesse whose mother has agreed to let him spend six weeks in San Antonio. However, things get complicated after two threats that appear to be targeted towards Jesse.
The McMahon case pointed to something fishy going on with his research and his employer. Lucy and the primary investigator did a great job following the clues and not being consumed by supposition. I liked how they doggedly tracked the evidence to resolve the questions surrounding McMahon’s ill-fated decisions at that coffee shop. Some of the revelations were a surprise but for the most part, I was able to deduce most of the answers.
Even though the case was interesting, I was most absorbed by the threats against Jesse and his developing relationship with Sean. Even though their love for each other is obvious, they are both trying to figure out how to relate to each other. His mother Maddie and stepfather Carson added even more conflict to the mix and I liked how Lucy used her skills to support Sean, Jessie and even Maddie, keeping things from irrevocably combusting. The final resolution shouldn’t have been surprising but elements of it were unexpected. I’m still loving this on audio as the narrator has become the voice in my ear for not only Lucy but for the storytelling. I enjoyed everything about this one, even those moments that gave me heartburn.
- Release Date: October 30, 2018
- Series: Lucy Kincaid #14
- Narrator: Ann Marie Lee
- Audio Length: 13 hours, 18 minutes
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio