Medallion Press, May 2004, 6.99, 342 pp.
After a decade of bouncing from one black op to another, Shelby Parker left the Federal Security Agency. Because she has no marketable private sector skills outside of sneaky surveillance, she opens up an investigative firm. Now six months since she left the government, Shelby is at the Denver FSA office wondering why handler Ethan Calder needs exclusively her to look into the disappearance of fifteen people connected to The Center for Bio-Psychological Research. Though more in line with the FBI mission, Ethan explains that this is not FSA sponsored, but he a concerned citizen worried about a close friend of his wife vanishing. Needing the money, Shelby accepts the case.
Shelby applies for work at the Center in order to get close to key researchers, Dr. Ruth Carson and Dr. Jonah Thomas. She quickly realizes she is not alone when she uncovers FBI agent psychiatrist Mac McRae working an inquiry from the inside. The two pool their efforts though it grates Shelby, who always works alone. As they work together under the covers and undercover, they must save a pregnant woman carrying a special genetically altered fetus who is the prototype of a future obedient soldier who will be sold to the highest bidder. That is if they live long enough to do so for even safe houses are unsafe.
The story line moves so fast, the audience never is able to catch their breath even when the heroic duo takes a sexual time out.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner