At the age of twelve, Gideon Crew saw his father declared a traitor and ruthlessly gunned down while his hands were up in the air. At the age of twenty, he was called to his dying mother’s bed where she revealed that his father had been framed, why, who the culprit was, and made him promise to exact revenge.
In the intervening years between those two events, he’d become somewhat of a criminal, schooling himself in all sorts of arts: lock picking, avoiding security systems, magic, weapons. He’d carved out a career as a conman and thief. So successful that he’d never been caught, never even a sniff that he might not be up-and-up.
Now he had a new plan.
Education came first. Ans establishing himself in the legitimate world. And finding, first, the proof that his father had been set up before he moved against the even more powerful man responsible.
When he finds the proof, he constructs a plan, a spectacular plan to bring the man down, his reputation ruined, his father’s good name restored.
That’s all in the first fifty pages. Then the real story gets going.
A shadowy organization has been watching from the shadows, a private firm with connections to Homeland Security. They have need of a man with his unique skills and offer a large sum of money to recruit him. Plus plenty of operating capital.
A Chinese scientist is coming to the United States, reportedly bringing the plans for a weapon that would allow China to control the world. No one knows what it is or why he’s coming to the States or who he’s coming to see. Gideon’s assignment is to follow the man from the airport and learn who he’s here to see, acquiring the weapon at the same time.
Things go awry when the cab in which the man is riding is attacked by a black SUV, flipped into a crowd, and escaping into the night. Gideon gets there, dragging the horribly mangled Chinese from the crush vehicle, the man rattling off a long string of numbers. He later dies in the hospital, the weapon’s location, even what it is, still unknown, the purpose of the numbers unknown. He’d written them down, then memorized them easily(another of his talents).
The hunt is on for whatever the Chinese had been bringing, and how he’d gotten rid of it. There’s a blues playing Chinese hit man named Nodding Crane, a CIA agent, a woman, the police, and, of course, Gideon Crew.
An action filled thriller with a character completely different from the authors’ popular Pendergast, a man who is, in the words of the authors, “a man of sketchy morals.”