Max Allan Collins' newest book grabs our attention right away. Collins' Supreme Court is conservative heavy (strengthening the Patriot Act and reversing Roe vs Wade) and many people are unhappy about it. So unhappy, in fact, that several conservative Supreme Court justices have been killed. With a liberal president in office, is someone trying to stack the deck?
Meet the books protagonist--- Secret Service agent Joseph Reeder, who took a bullet while guarding a president that he disliked. Although he was a hero, he also was too obvious about his dislike of the strong conservative president he protected, and he became an outcast. His knowledge and skill make him invaluable to one of his few remaining federal-cop friends, FBI Agent Gabe Sloan. Sloan, soon adds Reeder as a consultant to the multiagency task investigating the murder of the first murdered judge. Things heat up and we are introduced to FBI agent Patti Rodgers when she begins working with Reeder.
The timing for the publication of this book could not have been better. It came out less then a week after our Supreme Court made two very conservative and very controversial decisions. I found myself looking for (and maybe finding) similarities in Collins' court and our court. Scary!
I am not sure that this book will give you that escape from reality that most fiction affords, but I guarantee that it will get you thinking well into the night.
Publisher - Thomas & Mercer
Date of Publication - July 1, 2014