Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military
police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought
him into the BCA, promising him, “We’ll only give you the hard stuff.”
He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.
the small town of Bluestem, a house way up on a ridge explodes into
flames, its owner, a man named Judd, trapped inside. There are a lot of
reasons to hate him, Flowers discovers. In fact, he concludes, you'd
probably have to dig around to find a person who doesn't despise Judd.
that isn't even why Flowers came to Bluestem. Three weeks before,
there'd been another murder, two, in fact, a doctor and his wife, the
doctor found propped up in his backyard, both eyes shot out. Flowers
knows two things: this wasn't a coincidence, and it had to be personal.
just how personal is something even he doesn't realize, and may not
find out until too late. Because the next victim may be himself.
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