U.S. Deputy Marshall Juliet Longstreet tries to find out who killed her doorman and ransacked her apartment, while trying to protect her family from a man recently released from prison, who vowed to get her when he got out. When Juliet Longstreet, a Deputy U.S. Marshall with brothers also in law enforcement, discovers the crazed Bobby Tatro is released from prison, she knows she has to watch her back. She visits her family at their Vermont farm and tells her 17 year-old niece she's welcome to visit her in New York, but she doesn't mention the prisoner's release to her brothers.
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Meanwhile, Juliet is contacted by Ethan Brooker, a Special Forces officer that some in Washington think has gone rogue. Juliet is attracted to Brooker but knows he would only cause her problems. Brooker has just gotten back from Columbia where he and a team put together by the President, rescued a nerdy genius from a mega-rich family that Brooker grew up with. He was recommended for the job by Mia, a presidential advisor, because she was tipped off that he could recognize Ham Carhill, the captive. Brooker is concerned about where Mia gets her information and also about Bobby Tatro's release from prison.
Unbeknownst to Juliet, her niece comes to visit her without telling anyone, which she discovers after meeting with Brooker. Delighted to see her, they have a great time and she notifies her brother that his daughter is safe in Washington. The next day, when Longstreet arrives home from work, she finds her doorman dead and her niece held captive by the notorious Tatro, whom she captures.
All is well until Tatro escapes from custody feigning illness and Brooker and Longstreet team up to find him. But Brooker still has business with Ham, who stole something from his captors, which he told no one, not even Brooker. And Brooker wonders about Mis, the advisor, and who is feeding her information. He believes she's being manipulated by someone.
But when Mia disappears, and Ham can't be found, Brooker and Longstreet start to think that all of this is somehow connected. Their investigation takes them back to the Vermont farm her family owns and that is where the final showdown takes place and all the pieces start to fit together.
Best part of story, including ending:
Though you think you know who the killer is, as the story starts and turns to the next tidbit of information, you wonder id you were just guessig superficially and there is more here than meets the eye.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene is when Juliet rescues her niece from Tatro and finds that her niece broke her fish tanks to get away from him. They are now flooding the pricey NY apartment her friend loaned her to stay in and they end up picking up fish from the rug to save them while Tatro is being taken away in cuffs.
Opinion about the main character:
I wished she had gotten down with Brooker sooner because they were clearly meant for each other.