Kidd's friend Bobby the hacker has disappeared from cyberspace. Kidd sees his dead body on the floor and realises that his laptop is missing when he goes around to Bobby's place. Kidd knows that the laptop was full of incriminating evidence but why would anyone want to kill Bobby?
The first corpse is found on a riverbank. The second in an isolated farmhouse. Both have been savagely beaten, the skin flayed from their bodies, their throats cut. For both victims, there's a DNA match. The killings were meticulously calculated and methodical. To find the answers, Lucas Davenport must track down his key suspect.
Lucas Davenport has a new job - a trouble-shooter on the cases that are too complicated or politically touchy for others to handle. He's married now, and a new father, all of which is fine with him: he doesn't mind being a family man. But he is a little worried.
Clara Rinker is a nice, soft-spoken Southerner and the best hitwoman in the business. When her boyfriend, son of a Mexican drug lord, is killed, Clara realizes she was the real target. To nail the killer, she will have to disappear. The FBI and DEA draft Lucas Davenport to help track her down.