Agent Andy Clayton has been kept inactive for eighteen months, kept under tight surveillance at his home in Washington D.C. But now he is needed: Leonid Borikowski, the foreign agent who killed Andy’s twin brother has been seen entering the U.S.—and Clayton is the only man who can stop him.
Agent Andy Clayton has been inactive for eighteen months, kept under tight surveillance at his home in Washington D.C. Now he is needed—Leonid Borikowski, code name Dragonfly, has been seen entering the U.S., and Clayton is the only man who may be able to find and stop him. For Clayton, it is much more than a routine assignment. He knows Dragonfly, has faced him before, and he wants him. His interest is as personal as it is professional: He wants revenge on the foreign agent who killed Duncan Clayton, his twin brother. But there is much that Clayton doesn't know. He doesn't know that Borikowski is carrying perhaps the most important, and dangerous, biological discovery the world has ever known. He doesn't know that the microbe is in a suitcase armed with a device that will explode if Borikowski is harmed. And he doesn't know about the Soviet intelligence project code-named Bookends—a project that will not be complete until Andy meets the same fate as his brother. The ensuing chase takes him across the United States and Canada, putting himself, the woman he loves, and thousands of innocent people in jeopardy.
Ridley Pearson is a New York Times bestselling author with over 24 novels published. His work is extremely diverse, from children’s fiction to crime novels, paranormal and adventure; his novels often incorporate a compelling combination of realistic high-tech forensic wizardry and hair-trigger suspense. One of his best-known crime novels, Undercurrents, contained cutting-edge forensic ideas that helped solve a real-life homicide case. Another, Chain of Evidence, was the first to raise the possibility of a "crime gene"—which later became the focus of a high-profile genetics conference. He has published several popular crime series featuring recurring characters, as well as standalone novels under his own name and the pseudonyms Joyce Reardon, Ph.D. and Wendell McCall. Pearson was the first American to receive the Raymond Chandler Fulbright fellowship at Oxford University, the site of his research for best-selling novels No Witnesses and The Angel Maker. He was also a founding member and bass player for the Rock Bottom Remainders, a band comprised of best-selling authors including Dave Barry and Stephen King.