Patrick Bowers is some kind of uber-forensic policeman who is struggling to get over the untimely death of his wife. Left to pick up the pieces, he has thrown himself into a new case-catching a serial killer who is playing a game of chess with live people and there is no capture-only death. Patrick is also struggling with how very badly he is failing his stepdaughter, a 17 year old girl he really didn't get the chance to bond with before his wife's death.
There are so many levels and plots and subplots going on that it really are rather hard to explain-South Africa, government intrigue, Jim Jones's lost son looking for revenge and some type of scary virus. Steven James brings it all together in a way that is both relevant and interesting. I have read hundreds of mysteries and I can honestly say there were a couple of plot twists I didn't expect. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, a shock would make me turn the page and keep going, ignoring everything around me.
There are at 3 more in the series and I plan to download and read them as soon as I can. Great first book!