The second book in Kenyon's revised and expanded League trilogy follows
the exploits of a hero whose childhood and adult torments have made him the ultimate emotional loner. The dark dynamics that Kenyon inflicts on her characters make this chase drama both gritty and poignant. It packs quite the powerful punch.

It would be difficult to imagine a more horrifying childhood than that suffered by thief and businessman C.I. Syn. Add to that the devastating betrayal by his wife and son, and his bitterness grows deep. Only his friendships with Nykyrian Quiakides and Caillen Dagan keep him connected.

It's Dagan's older sister, the legendary free-tracer Shahara, who takes on the contract to capture Syn when he is falsely accused of rape and murder. Shahara doggedly pursues Syn only to realize too late that she has made a horrible mistake. Can Shahara find a way out of this treacherous web? What is she to do about her growing attraction to this sexy man with such a terrible past? (ST. MARTIN'S, Nov., 529 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith