The main character, Jack McClure, has dyslexia and works for the ATF. He can conquer a Rubik's Cube puzzle in under 4 minutes, but has a hard time reading road signs. He is mourning the recent, tragic loss of his 20 year old daughter, Emma, which has led to a dissolved marriage. His daughter's best friend and college roommate, Alli Carson, is the daughter of the President-Elect of the United States; who is soon to take office. The current POTUS (President of the United States) wants to end his 8-year term with a blast. He has targeted a religious organization that is not religious enough to his liking and commissions a deep undercover operative to carryout an attack on America, set for Inauguration Day. Like most mystery-thrillers that target our government, there are a lot of plot twists and several characters who the reader and hero cannot trust. To thicken the plot there are some 25-year old murder cases that somehow connect to the present day kidnapping of the soon-to-be First Daughter, Alli. In order to rescue the girl, save America and win back his wife, McClure must use his unique 3-dimensional way of thinking to to rue the day! I use to read everything that Van Lustbader wrote, but strayed away when he started co-authoring the Bourne novels with Robert Ludlam. This novel has brought me back into the fold.
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