Alone in her house around 2 AM, Gina Mars hears footsteps slowly and deliberately trudging up the stairs to her bedroom on the second floor, boding of imminent danger. An intruder, a burglar, a rapist, maybe all three. Gina panics and freezes with fear. The footsteps of the intruder trudging up to her bedroom triggers in Gina memories of similar footsteps from her childhood, trudging up the same staircase, around the same time of the night, chilling, ominous, and carrying in their deliberate progress the foreboding threat of harrowing pain. But this time, it cannot be the intruder from her childhood, unless his ghost has returned to haunt her. Living alone in the huge secluded manor house, Gina has always believed this day would come. But she didn’t expect it to be today. The intruder stops outside her door and takes a deep breath. As the doorknob begins to turn, Gina sees it, a weapon…


Perched on the rooftop, looking into the backyard of a suburban bungalow, retired assistant police commissioner Charlie Stevens adjusts his machine gun one last time. He picks up his old pair of binoculars and looks down into the yard. The men are all gathering around a makeshift stage where their new leader, Jake Powell, is preparing to begin his speech. Binoculars dangling around his neck, his finger caressing the trigger, Charlie listens to Jake clearing his throat, perform a quick mic check and begin to speak to the now silent and attentive group of young people, most of them under twenty-five. Charlie aims at Jake first and squeezes the trigger…


This Tarantino-movie-style novel traverses time, place, and action to unravel the lives of two complex protagonists whose pasts connect them and whose decisions and actions bring them face to face with destiny. Gripping, visceral, shocking, this book will snap every nerve in your body to attention until the very last page.  Even after you finish reading, the story will continue to loop and swirl inside your head, urging you to reflect, to reconsider, and to reassess elements that may have seemed obvious at first but afterwards appear anything but.     

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