Maggie's story continues when she and the FBI are called to a scene that involves a possible biological weapon being used after having found a threatening warning in a box of donuts that were delivered directly to their office. Maggie and Director Cunningham enter the home of a mother and child, where the child appears to be well but the mother appears to be on her death bed. Maggie and the Director react immediately and call for back-up. As the story continues and the investigation moves forward, the FBI starts to notice similarities between this crime and others. For example, they noticed the names of some of the victims of the Tylenol killer were the same of the victims in this case. The FBI is not working this case alone due to the biological weapon that is being used. USAAID, a military biological weapon research facility, has been called in to assist with finding out what the biological weapon is and how to contain it.
Alex Kava does a great job in roping you into the story from the very beginning and then keeping you on the edge of your seat with suspense. There was one chapter where the employees of USAAID were being introduced which I found tedious because it was unclear how the background of each of the main employees was relevant to the story.
Alex Kava does a great job by having done research for the book about true crime facts and and adding those facts into the story line. For example, Alex Kava provides case details on the anthrax killer case and the Tylenol murders.
Alex Kava is continuing to keep Maggie a mystery as far as her lovers go, and its hard to know whats going to happen with the big shot police officer now turned lawyer and her forensic lover. The story between Tully and Maggie's best friend continues to evolve as well.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Agent Maggie O'Dell and Assistant Director Cunningham believe they're responding to a threat made at Quantico. Instead they walk into a trap. Before they realize it, they've both been exposed to a killer who can strike at anyone, at any time, and no one can predict who might be next…until it's too late.
The killer's tactics suggest he's an aficionado of criminal minds. He uses bits and pieces from those he admires: a phrase from the Beltway Snipers, a clue from the Unabomber, a delivery method similar to the Anthrax Killer. His weapon is a deadly virus, virtually invisible and totally unexpected. His victims appear to be random but, in fact, they are chosen with a revengeful precision. The vaccine is limited and untested.
Maggie knows dangerous minds from hauntingly perverse child predators to cunningly twisted serial killers. Now she faces a new opponent from inside an isolation ward at a bio safety containment hospital. Maggie must help Agent R. J. Tully find clues to catch the killer while waiting to see if the deadly strain is already multiplying in her body. With every new exposure there's the potential for an epidemic. And Maggie knows she and Cunningham may not live long enough to discover who is the deadliest, most intelligent killer they've ever profiled