Once In, Never Out begins in Raykjavik, Iceland, where two bombs kill the British foreign secretary and his wife. Thor Erikson, Iceland's sole homicide detective, begins his first double-murder investigation - and then the mutilated body of an unidentified woman washes onto the beach in a distant fishing village. Meanwhile, in New York, Detective Brian McKenna receives a high-priority assignment of his own. He must find an Irish-born waitress, Meaghan Maher, who disappeared after a violent disagreement with her boyfriend, and whose brother, a priest, is an aide to the Cardinal of the Archdiocese of New York. McKenna tracks Meaghan to Iceland, where the two investigations - Erikson's and McKenna's - merge. McKenna is soon drawn into a case of obsession and revenge, as he hunts for a man with connections to Ireland, the NYPD, and a series of unsolved murders linked with more bombings. Racing from Iceland to Belfast to Dublin and back to New York, McKenna surmises that the bomber's next target is the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. March 17 will shock the nation, unless McKenna finds the man whose motto is "Once in, never out."
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