Dick Thornby is not Hollywood’s idea of a spy. He’s a new kind of spy for a new kind of world. In his rough and tumble job there are no tailored Italian suits, no bimbos eager to please, and no massive underground fortresses built by evil overlords seeking world domination—just an endless series of sinister threats to the safety and security of the billions of mundane citizens of the planet. Sure, Dick’s tough and he knows a few tricks to help him get out of a tight spot, even if his boss accuses him of over-reliance on explosives. But he’s also got a mortgage, a wife upset by his frequent absences on “business” trips, and an increasingly alienated teen-age son who spends way too much time playing in gaming worlds on the computer. When a mission to bust up an arms exchange in New Zealand goes spectacularly bad, Dick is thrown into a maze of conflict involving Hong Kong arms dealers, cyber-criminals, Chinese government goons, and even militant Maoris. When a young computer expert back at the Philadelphia headquarters for The Subsidiary, an international espionage agency created in the aftermath of 9/11, discovers that the bad guys are involved in a vast conspiracy. Dick is forced to partner with the espionage neophyte to battle evil on multiple fronts, leading to a final confrontation that incorporates real-world conspiracy theories and cutting-edge technology. In the end, Dick can save his partner, save his marriage, save his son, or save the world, but he can’t do it all.
It starts with a murder. It becomes an international crisis and brings the U.S. to the verge of war. And Harry Miller is caught in the middle. He wants a quiet life. But he swore to protect the innocent. When a girl is found dead on the streets of early 1970s Miami, Detective Harry Miller is stripped from his quiet corner of the world and called upon to investigate. The people close to the victim aren’t talking. Harry quickly learns why. Signs point to a killer he hunted years ago: ruthless weapons smuggler and underworld kingpin, Hector Navarro. Harry discovers the Soviets are funneling cash to the Navarro crime ring in order to covertly develop a mysterious new weapon in Cuba. His only option is to dust off his arsenal of high-tech gadgets, hop in his ‘67 Dodge Dart, and track this group of killers to the source. But Navarro and his handlers, corrupt politicians, and prying federal agents stand in his path. Harry has chased this enemy before and failed. That failure still haunts him, almost as much as the ghosts of his mother and sister. Because of everyone he’s lost and seen die, Harry has sworn to never kill–not even in self-defense. He cannot let Navarro slip through his fingers again. This time, failure means the end of everything.