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The system failed ex-cop Peter Tyler when he was railroaded in the court of public opinion. The system also fails Umberto Alvarez when his wife and children are killed in a terrible train accident and the Northern Union Railroad shoves the truth underground. Now these two men are on opposite sides when Peter is hired to look into train accidents staged by Umberto.

Umberto's mission is to destroy Northern Union Railroad and CEO William Goheen, who has already framed him for murder, as well as sent men to kill him. Nell Priest is the Northern Union Security Agent assigned to the case, but she is dismayed to realize that their own "black ops" men are on the case as well. What is Umberto so determined to expose, and the company determined to repress?

Taking a break from his Det. Lou Bolt series, Ridley Pearson pens a riveting, complex, action-packed thriller that's impossible to put down. (Jul., 384 pp., $7.99) Hardcover published July 2001.

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith