The second Gideon novel picks up immediately from the first and doesn’t let up. The writing is taut and intense with twists and turns to surprise even the die-hard thriller fan. The terrorist plot has been done to death, but the authors make it fresh and original.

A work colleague from Los Alamos thrusts Gideon into a hostage drama. Reed Chalker has taken an innocent family captive, and Gideon has to help de-escalate the situation. Chalker blames radiation experiments, but comes across as a total loon. A terrorist plot soon emerges and all evidence of the mastermind behind the scenes leads straight to Gideon. (GRAND CENTRAL, Jan., 368 pp., $26.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jeff Ayers