A beautiful Chinese woman is pushed over her luxury apartment balcony to her death. An innocent eighteen-year-old American girl is gunned down in front of the London embassy. What do these incidents have in common?
Drum MacNeil is the son of a noted, five-star Army general who has not lived up to his fathers expectations or reputation. Tall and handsome, his past is rowdy, vague and filled with extracurricular work and personal escapades. Then, out of the blue, he was accepted into the CIA and quickly rose through the ranks. Now hes the CIAs senior deputy in London, a late forties man twenty years older than his second wife, Carrie, whom he met in Africashe was with the Peace Corp; he was with the CIA. They returned to the US shortly after their son was born and a few years later were posted to London. They moved back to the US shortly after the embassy shooting since Drum had been promoted to CIA deputy. Once back in the US and living at his family estate on the Potomac with his mother, their relationship continues to deteriorate. Then Drum disappears.
Unbeknownst to Carrie, Britains MI-6 had had Drum under surveillance while they still lived in London since they believed him to be a traitor and murderer. That surveillance continued when Drum and family returned to the US.
Part of the story is told in flashback as Carrie is interrogated by the FBI as though she knows where her husband is and knows about all the nasty things hes accused of doing. Its a quick read and well worth the surprise.