|About the Book|
For Jack McEvoy, the killer named The Poet was the last word in evil.Think again, Jack.Jack McEvoy is at the end of the line as a crime reporter. Forced to take a buy-out from the Los Angeles Times as the newspaper grapples with dwindling revenues, hes got only a few days left on the job. His last assignment? Training his replacement, a low-cost reporter just out of journalism school. But Jack has other plans for his exit. He is going to go out with a bang — a final story that will win the newspaper journalisms highest honor — a Pulitzer prize.Jack focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer from the projects who has confessed to police that he brutally raped and strangled one of his crack clients. Jack convinces Alonzos mother to cooperate with his investigation into the possibility of her sons innocence. But she has fallen for the oldest reporters trick in the book. Jacks real intention is to use his access to report and write a story that explains how societal dysfunction and neglect created a 16-year-old killer.But as Jack delves into the story he soon realizes that Alonzos so-called confession is bogus, and Jack is soon off and running on the biggest story hes had since The Poet crossed his path years before. He reunites with FBI Agent Rachel Walling to go after a killer who has worked completely below police and FBI radar—and with perfect knowledge of any move against him.What Jack doesnt know is that his investigation has inadvertently set off a digital tripwire. The killer knows Jack is coming—and hes ready.