"Los Angeles homicide detective Alex Delillo works a case that chills her from the start, one with too much ambiguity and far too many surprises. None of the evidence - and yet all of it - seems relevant. A small-time shopkeeper is shot to death. Then a rare, untraceable explosive ignites a bungalow, tossing the front door across the yard. Then a teenage girl goes missing, her car window smashed, her keys still in the ignition. Even before they tell her, Detective Delillo realizes that this girl is someone she knows." When her prime suspect is killed in an elaborate suicide car bomb, Delillo draws a connection to one man - a killer who is eager to play a game with catastrophic stakes, gambling with Delillo's life and that of someone she holds most dear. As the clock ticks down, she must make a choice that will change her life forever - she must track this killer on a trail of escalating terror toward a fiery showdown that will test her wisdom, her willpower, and her every skill.
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