Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Corte, a federal protection officer known as a shepherd, is assigned to protect DC Detective Ryan Kessler. The government has information that Kessler has been targeted by Henry Loving, someone Corte has crossed paths with before on another case and believed was dead. Loving is a "lifter", hired by someone else to get information or to keep someone from testifying. Corte's assignment is to keep Kessler and his family out of harm's way, no matter what it takes.
I like Jeffery Deaver's books. He writes intricate and intelligent thrillers, but this one felt more than a little tired. The characters in EDGE play the same game of cat and mouse we've come to recognize in his Lincoln Rhyme series. His villian, Henry Loving, is so wily and cunning, it's impossible to believe he doesn't have supernatural powers. Corte is a board game afficiondo with a knack for solving problems and uses these skills to stay one step ahead of Loving, barely. But as bright and insightful as Corte appears to be, it takes him until almost the end of the book to figure out just which of the Kesslers Henry Loving is targeting and why.