The FBI must
recruit Steve Vail, an agent they’ve just fired, to solve a brilliant
and deadly extortion plot in this first in an explosive new series as
impressive as the number-one bestselling books by John Sandford and Lee
FBI deputy assistant director Kate Bannon tracks down Steve Vail, a maverick FBI agent who left the bureau for a new life as a Chicago bricklayer, because she needs Vail's help in apprehending a criminal gang, the Rubaco Pentad, with a grudge against the FBI. The Pentad follows up the murder of L.A. reporter Connie Lysander, who wrote a story critical of the FBI, with ever-increasing demands for money from the bureau to forestall future killings and the setting of sophisticated death traps. When an agent disappears while making a payoff to the gang, he becomes a prime suspect, despite Vail's reservations.
“Noah Boyd brings his FBI experience to this dazzling thriller.”—Patricia Cornwell
“Non-stop action and non-stop authenticity make this a real winner.”—Lee Child
“The Bricklayer has terrific pace [and] surprises galore. . . . Even better, it has a real hero.”—James Patterson