December 7, 2013.
ISBN: 978-1-605-98508-2 (Paperback)
This tenth and newest entry in the series brings back Charlotte ("Charlie") Fox and her lover, Sean Meyer, a junior part ner in Armstrong-Meyer, an elite "close-protection organization.. This time around they are tasked with the safety of one of the men behind a celebrity fundraising event for the still nascent recovery of the city of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina several years ago. But the soiree doesn’t go exactly as planned.
Charlie and Sean are still dealing with events in their past, Charlie’s much further back that Sean’s: She left the service after a court-martial and then an “equally disastrous” civil trial following her gang rape many years ago. Sean’s trauma was much more recent: He had been in a coma for months after a near-fatal shooting while on their last job, leaving him with only scattered memory of the last four years, and now dealing with “the long road back to some kind of physical and mental fitness,” the question being whether or not he could still handle the job.
In addition to the man Charlie and Sean have been hired to protect, nearly all of the other well-healed attendees at the event have brought their own bodyguards with them, one of these, unfortunately for our protagonists, being Vic Morton, with whom Charlie has a history, and not a good one (gross understatement): He was one of the men who had raped Charlie years ago.
When a robbery aboard the paddle-wheeler on which the event is taking place escalates into a hostage situation, Charlie and Sean have their hands full, and Sean’s abilities are well and truly tested, as are the loyalties of both of them. The author has once again delivered a well-written, taut and suspenseful novel, and it is recommended (as were all the earlier series entries).