The iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser returns in an outstanding new addition to the New York Times-bestselling series from author Ace Atkins.
Kinjo Heywood is one of the New England Patriotsâ€™ marquee playersâ€”a hard-nosed linebacker whoâ€™s earned his reputation as one of the toughest guys in the league. When off-field violence repeatedly lands Heywood in the news, his slick agent hires Spenser to find the men who he says have been harassing his client.
Heywoodâ€™s troubles seem to be tied to a nightclub shooting from two years earlier. But when Heywoodâ€™s nine-year-old son, Akira, is kidnapped, ransom demands are given, and a winding trail through Bostonâ€™s underworld begins, Spenser puts together his own all-star team of toughs. It will take both Hawk and Spenserâ€™s protĂ©gĂ©, Zebulon Sixkill, to watch Spenserâ€™s back and return the child to the football starâ€™s sprawling Chestnut Hill mansion. A controversial decision from Heywood only ups the ante as the clock winds down on Akiraâ€™s future.