Over the years, LAPD Lt. Peter Decker’s life has occasionally intersected with alleged New York hitman Chris Donatti. This time it is Chris’ wife, Terry McLaughlin, who wants Peter’s help in defusing the ramifications of a physical fight between the couple. Things appear to go as planned until Peter gets a call from the couple’s 14-year-old son-Gabe. Both his mother and father have disappeared.
As Peter tries to find out what happened to Terry, he brings piano prodigy Gabe home to stay with Rina and their daughter, Hannah. Peter and his team also catch a murder that involves the hanging of a young woman named Adrianna Blanc. Peter and company investigate, only to learn that the trail of this killer may lead to very unexpected places. (MORROW, Aug., 432 pp., $25.99)