Alex Cross returns in the most harrowing case of his career-one that
risks the life of his closest friend and partner, John Sampson. Detective Alex Cross is on his way to resign from the Washington,
D.C., Police Force when his partner shows up at his door with a case he
can't refuse. One of John Sampson's oldest friends, from their days
together in Vietnam, has been arrested for murder. Worse yet, he is
subject to the iron hand of the United States Army. The evidence
against him is strong enough to send him to the gas chamber.
Sampson is certain his friend has been framed, and Alex's investigation turns up evidence overlooked-or concealed-by the military authorities. Drawing on their years of street training and an almost telepathic mutual trust, Cross and Sampson go deep behind military lines to confront the most terrifying-and deadly-killers they have ever encountered. Behind these three highly skilled killing machines there appears to be an even more threatening controller. Discovering the identity of this lethal genius will prove to be Cross's most terrifying challenge ever.