The car is found just outside Picketsville, Virginia, a smoking ruin of twisted metal and shattered glass. It takes only a glance to confirm that this is Ike Schwartzâs car. Ever since he left the CIA, the incorruptible Picketsville sheriff has made enemies at home and abroad. Now, one has caught up with him, with a bomb powerful enough to turn quiet Main Street into a smoking crater. Is this a cop killingâor domestic terrorism?
The town plunges into mourning, and Ikeâs wife Ruth, the president of the local college, puts on a brave face as the sheriffâs department organizes a manhunt, the likes of which Picketsville has never seen. Back at the CIA, Ikeâs old colleague Charlie Garland joins the hunt, becoming fixated on a blurry videotape of the crime scene. Charlieâs elastic job description includes monitoring Ikeâs life.
Investigationsâled by more than one playerâfan around and out of Picketsville as far as a small town in Idaho where Martin Pangborn, head of the radical militia called the Fifty-First Star, runs his organization. If some banks and businesses are too big to fail, are some people too deeply connected or too wealthy to bring to justice? Is Martin Pangborn such a person?
The Fifty-First Starâs tentacles run long and deep. But the Vulture is something no one, not even Martin Pangborn, is prepared for.
âSurefooted prose speeds this well-told tale of greed and betrayal among the nationâs covert elite." â Publishers Weekly on the 9th Ike Schwartz mystery, Drowning Barbie.
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