With his reputation permanently marred by an insider trading conviction, Jamison Maddox, a young Wall Street broker, reluctantly takes a job with Drexler Limited in sleepy Redemption, Illinois. Drexler Limited is run with an iron fist by a man named Claud Drexler and Claud tells Jamison that the company mostly does financial research for select clients. Jamison is surprised that an outfit that merely does corporate research has such elaborate security measures and that there’s an information-firewall between the lower-level employees like himself and the company’s managers; he’s not even allowed to know the names of the clients he’s supposedly doing research for.
When he falls in love with a beautiful and enigmatic colleague, Gillian Lang, one of Claud’s most trusted employees, she tells him that Drexler Limited is engaged in wide-ranging illegal activities. And when Gillian tells him she wants to run from Redemption so she can be free of Claud and her cold-hearted husband, he agrees to run with her even though Gillian warns him that their lives will be danger. And about this, Gillian is telling the truth. A trio of well-trained killers pursues them across the country with the single-minded goal of silencing them forever. But Jamison has no idea that his lover, a stunning woman shrouded in mystery, is as dangerous as the people he’s running from, nor does he understand her true relationship to Claud Drexler or what Drexler Limited really does.
What the critics say...
“Lawson’s meticulous plotting keeps upping the suspense to nearly unbearable levels.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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