Another one out of the park for Sandford. Lucas is one bad assed investigator. There is suspense, action murder, politics, etc. rolled up in this one. The tale rolls along at a good pace and the characters are fleshed out fairly well. I guess it helps that I have read 16 of the books in the series before this. Actually though, you could pick this book up and not have to worry much about never having read any others. It plays out well by itself.