If there were more stars I would have so designated. This may be Patterson's best book ever, or Brandon DuBois, whomever did the actual writing. This is so full of mystery, great characters, great character development, and very fast paced. You just do not want to put it down. If you enjoy books about the military, it will exceed your expectations, even though it takes place in rural Georgia. There are murders, investigations, assaults, intimidation. This novel has it all. I am not going to give away the plot, you can read that elsewhere. Suffice to sat it is really exciting.