Alex Cross is back for an eighth installment in Patterson's thrilling series, only this time he's helping out his partner John Sampson look into a case in which an army buddy of Sampson's is facing execution for triple murder in North Carolina. The army's evidence is strong, so Cross and Sampson have to race against the clock to try and prove that the convicted man is actually innocent. They quickly discover that Sampson's friend has been set up, as have a number of other soldiers, and the question becomes, by who?
Personally I found this installment less effective than its predecessors. It is typical fast paced Patterson, but I simply didn't care for the army cross over plot.