I have to admit that I had hoped with this book, I would find Lucas back at his old job in Minneapolis with the Bureau of Apprehension. However, when I learned who the villian was, I was happy to see Lucas as a U.S. Marshall - and in Washington, D.C. It just seemed so right.
At first a murder brings intrigue by killing the wrong person. Then the plot thickens when Lucas is called in because the person(s) susupected of trying to kill Senator Smalls not only wanted the Senator killed, but had been suspected of murder by Lucas years before. The story builds with layer upon layer, and people hiring people, until you scarcely know where it all will stop. Who are the good guys, who are the bad guys, and who, in between, can be trusted with all the details? It's a great read. I really, really liked it.