Hayden Duke gets a late night email from his workfriend Shane. Shane tells Hayden that he is providing a password protected file that Hayden should guard. Hayden wants to know what the mystery is and calls Shane who tells Hayden to forget everything and just erase the email. As Shane sounds incredibly distraught, Hayden decides to go over to see him. Shane acts like a crazy man, ripping his apartment up and cutting Hayden. Hayden follows Shane out of the apartment and witnesses Shane committing suicide.
Shane is the second person in a week at Hayden's company (MDE) to commit suicide and Hayden thinks that the file he received has something to do with it. Not too soon after Hayden will barely miss getting killed as just about everyone at MDE will be blown up in an explosion at the company.
Hayden shares what he knows with Shane's sister Rebecca and the two decide to work together and investigate his death. The bad guys start monitoring Hayden and Rebecca to try to find out what they know and to decide if they too need to be eliminated.
This is the fourth Simon Wood novel I have read and it is by far the weakest. Right from the start, Hayden should have gone to the police and possibly everything might have been solved. Instead he decides to work on his own and of course he is the number one suspect of the police (like most of Wood's books). Then again both the police and the FBI are not portrayed as being very bright so maybe they couldn't have solved it. The bad guys always seem to make stupid mistakes and Hayden and Rebecca use their own stupidity to get themselves into a lot of dangerous situations. Neither Hayden or Rebecca are very "deep" or likable and the reader almost wants them to get done in by their own stupidity.
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