"A cinematic tale...the prose is confident and clear, and the pacing smooth and compelling...another entertaining mystery from Lane." Kirkus Reviews
"This brilliantly calibrated thriller bests the leading sellers in its genre." Foreword Clarion Reviews
While concluding a European vacation with his girlfriend, Kathleen, Jake Travis is given an assignment. Kill an international assassin who targets the loved ones of Special Ops personnel. The assassin is known to dress as a cardinal and take contemplative strolls in Kensington Gardens. Jake completes his task and he and Kathleen return to Florida where she learns that he "clipped the wrong bird."Jake had murdered a popular and progressive cardinal.
Upon his confession of his fateful act, Kathleen recoils from their relationship. He wonders if he's lost her for good. Jake must track down a woman who can lead him to the real killer before he strikes again. Obsessed with his struggle to understand why the cardinal used him to end his life, Jake is unaware that he and Kathleen are next on the assassin's list.
"An exciting reading experience. A sophisticated exploration in which the killing power of words vies with the powerful finality of the assassin's rifle." Florida Weekly