- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reissue edition (June 17, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250053757
- ISBN-13: 978-1250053756
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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Edwin Kreiss is a former FBI agent whose discovery of a Chinese espionage ring made him a lot of enemies and resulted in his early retirement. Now his daughter is missing, and nobody, least of all a junior G-woman named Janet Carter, is going to keep him from finding her. Browbeating the one clue to her disappearance out of a terrified college student, Kreiss follows his daughter's trail to a deactivated federal arsenal in southwestern Virginia, where a fanatic whose son was immolated at Waco is cooking up a plan to blow the ATF to bits.
Kreiss is uniquely qualified to play his role as hunter-in-chief. He's been trained as a "sweeper," a job title that refers to the cleanup of rogue agents and other enemies of the state, and he took a few high-tech search-and-destroy goodies with him when he was prematurely put out to pasture by his former employers. Now another sweeper wants to put him out of action, and Janet Carter's getting conflicting signals from her own superiors about just how much cooperation they're willing to give Kreiss as he sets out to rescue his daughter--and, incidentally, redeem his own troubled past.
P.T. Deutermann is a skillful writer who knows how to tell a story. This briskly paced thriller almost turns the pages by itself. Carter, the ostensible heroine of the novel, never quite extinguishes her ambivalence about either Kreiss or the agency she serves, an attempt at multidimensionality of character that's more confusing than revealing. The ending hints at a continued relationship between them, but it's Kreiss, rather than Carter, who engages the reader's attention and whose future we really care about. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Deutermann's latest blast at the FBI/ CIA establishment, read with muscular intelligence by Hill, begins with an extremely frightening and tense scene, as three teenagers hiking through an abandoned military site in West Virginia find themselves literally in over their heads--the two boys caught in deadly steel traps as rising flood waters threaten to drown them, and the smart, resourceful girl unable to do anything to save them. The girl, Lynn Kriess, is the daughter of a former CIA "sweeper"--catcher of rogue agents--named Edwin Kriess, and both she and a deceptively baby-faced FBI agent Janet Carter are quickly brought to credible life by Hill. (Disappointingly, he has more trouble with Misty, a female arch villain, but that may be because she is less clearly conceived by the author than the other two women.) While Kriess tries to find out what happened to his daughter, Janet is set up by her FBI bosses to spy on his activities--causing an inevitable duel of loyalties. Despite Hill's best efforts, the story bogs down a bit in the middle hours, as several sets of apparently interchangeable feds fight for dominance. But things pick up again toward the end, which can even be described as happy--especially for a story as fraught with devilry and paranoia as this one. Based on the St. Martin's hardcover.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The first problems are the characterizations. They are flat and one-dimensional. The protagonist is uninteresting and the reader really doesn't care about him. Special Agent Janet Carter shows a few signs of being a real person, but not much. The CIA "Sweeper" is literally robotic, and Deutermann describes her as such (really!).
Worse, Deutermann gets bogged down repeatedly in "action detail." He will describe the protagonist's infiltration of a secret government site in gruesome detail, seemingly describing every creek, pothole, mudhole, stumble, and wet piece of ground. Deutermann does this over and over again and it is incredibly tedious. Who cares? Certainly not the reader. Three sentences would have sufficed for passages that Deutermann devotes a chapter to. This is, quite simply, bad writing.
Deutermann is at his best when he writes about the Navy. These "Federal Agency" books are much less good. This one is a miss. RJB.
I really dislike heroes who act like amateurs. Our hero, Edwin Kreiss, who is searching for his missing daughter stumbles into an ambush and the next time he goes back to the place where he was shot at...and guess what..he doesn't even take a gun...oh please.
The bad guys are smarter than the ex-FBI agent with a reputation that belies belief based on how he acts in this story.
Mr. Deutermann, go back to Cam Richter. He is a bit more believable.
This ia an entertaining story, but the longer it went on, the more I wanted to scream at stupid FBI, ATF, you name it. Thank God they really aren't this "inept".