by David Baldacci
Book #3 in the John Puller series (2014)
In the third John Puller book, Military CID investigator, John Puller, has returned from his latest case in Florida to learn that his brother, Bobby, on death row at Leavenworth Military Prison for national security crimes, has escaped.
Preliminary investigations show that he may have had help in his breakout. Now he’s on the run, and in disguise, and he’s the military’s number-one target. John Puller has a dilemma. Which comes first, loyalty to his country or to his brother? Bobby has state secrets that certain people will literally kill for. But blood is thicker than water, and the brothers are close although even John does not know for sure what Bobby really did for the government, nor if he’s even guilty of his crimes.
It becomes swiftly apparent, however, that Bobby’s role was powerful and far-reaching. With the help of John’s long-time friend and colleague, General Julie Carson, both brothers move closer to the truth from their opposing directions.
They dig more deeply into the case together, and Puller finds that not only are her allegiances unclear, but that there are troubling details about his brother’s conviction….and that someone is out there who doesn’t want the truth to ever come to light. As the nation-wide manhunt for Robert grows more urgent, Puller’s masterful skills as an investigator and strength as a fighter may not be enough to save his brother-or himself.
And this case puts John Puller in a place he thought he’d never be, on the other side of the law, where even his skills as an investigator, and his strength as a fighter, might not be enough to save him. And his brother.