A normal Wednesday afternoon, and Judge Scott Sampson is preparing to pick up his six-year-old twins from school.
His wife Alison texts with a change of plan - she will be collecting them instead. But when Alison arrives home later she is alone, and denies any knowledge of the text.
Then the phone rings: a voice warns them that if they want to see their children again, Scott must do exactly what he is told in an upcoming court case, and, most importantly, they must 'say nothing' . . .
Brad Parks received the Shamus (Best Private Eye) and Nero (Best American Mystery) for his debut novel, Faces of the Gone, the first book to take both awards. For subsequent books in his Carter Ross series he won a Lefty and a further Shamus (Best Hardcover Novel). Before starting his career as a novelist, Parks spent a dozen years as a reporter for the the Washington Post and The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger.