F. B. I. Special Agent Julianna Jameson was a professional negotiator; words were important to her. But she couldn't seem to talk herself out of the guilt and regret over the shooting death of one of her best friends nearly fifteen years ago. Answering the call to provide assistance when a courtroom scene turns deadly, she meets a brave young juror whose older brother is the School Resource Officer at the high school where Julianna's younger sister Dottie attends. What a coincidence!
In the process of expressing gratitude for ensuring his sister's safety, Clay Fox finds himself intrigued with the beautiful, composed F. B. I. agent. Unfortunately, his former life as an army sniper has left him with some pretty heavy emotional baggage, making him hesitant to form emotional attachments . . . up until now. Following the courthouse incident, an inexplicable turn of events throws Clay and Julianna together once again. Has a copycat criminal risen to the surface or is something far more sinister going on?
"Tick tock, the time has come.
Tick tock, the hands have spun. . .
Blood stains your hands, death haunts your soul,
Your empty words, a vast black hole."
FBI special agent Julianna Jameson is a top-notch negotiator who has never lost a hostage. Surely she can manage to take care of her much younger sister, Dottie, who showed up unannounced to live with Julianna while she finished her senior year of high school.
A former sniper with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Clay Fox left the army after a tragic incident that he can't get past. Now he's working as a high school resource officer until he can figure out what to do with the rest of his life.
Their paths cross when Julianna is called in to negotiate a courtroom hostage situation involving Clay's sister. Impressed and a bit intimidated by the calm, capable woman with the dark hair and blue eyes, Clay invites her to speak at his school. Dottie's school.
But as the anniversary of a school shooting from Julianna's past approaches, it becomes clear that her perfect record is about to be tested and that Dottie is at risk. If Julianna and Clay can't figure out who's behind the attacks, more innocent people will die--and Dottie is next in line.
This intense story of revenge and redemption from bestselling author and master of suspense Lynette Eason will have you up all night as you race toward the explosive finish.