Dead Watch Paperback
Late afternoon, Virginia, and a woman is on the run.
Her husband, a former US Senator named Lincoln Bowe, has been missing for days.
Kidnapped? Murdered? She doesn't know - but she thinks she knows who's involved, and why. And that she may be next. Hours later, Jake Winter's mobile phone rings. An Army Intelligence veteran, Winter specializes in 'forensic bureaucracy'.
The Pentagon, the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security - when something goes wrong, Winter kicks over rocks until he finds out what really happened.
The White House is his main client, and the chief of staff is on the phone now.
If Bowe isn't located soon, all hell will break loose.
All hell breaks loose anyway when the blackened body shows up, barb-wired to a tree, missing its head.
Just what did Bowe know that got him killed? And who exactly are the mysterious Watchmen shadowing Winter's every move?
Can he survive long enough to find out?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 02/04/2007
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9781416511434
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Review by SonicQuack
As the Davenport character from the Prey series began to get involved with politics Sandford probably wondered how to get this plot in to the series. A hardcore political story wouldn't match the Prey series and thus, Jake Winter, specialist in forensic bureaucracy, was born. A latter-day Sherlock Holmes, with a military background, just in case the story needs some action scenes. Dead Watch requires concentration and the first few chapters are confusing, with lots of characters in various political positions being introduced - it felt like starting a book in the middle of a trilogy. Not far in though it syncs in to place and as the intrigue builds the characters also begin to flesh out, ultimately building a well developed cast, with realistic dialogue and scenarios. Dead Watch is a victim of it's own plot, which is set in a complex world and deliberately builds a complicated mystery. The central protagonist is the book's strength and your belief in him should ensure you see this one through until the final page.