Dan Champion is a former undercover cop that was looking to bust the mysterious "Fat Woman." During the operation he comes upon a dealer of human flesh, specifically young children. Champion ingratiates himself with the dealer and is able to set up a sting operation. Dan has also got hooked on a powerful narcotic called "Z" which causes him to have realistic hallucinations. One of these episodes happens during the sting causing Dan to go beyond the law in performing the operation. This gets him kicked off the force.
During his cold turkey come down from the Z he goes through a rough spell and meets his neighbor "Samantha" who helps him clean up his apartment and get through the tough time. When he is back to normal he is not sure if he imagined Samaantha or not but uses logic to deduce that she couldn't have been real. Still Dan is in love with Samantha.
Three years later and Dan is working for a Sheriff in a small town. He gets a call of a "floater" that has washed up on the lake shore. Dan goes to the scene and is shocked that the floater appears to be Samantha and she has a message for him that they are in danger. Dan cannot figure out how his imagined Samantha could be real but he is soon on the run as a bunch of bad guys are chasing him and it appears that the Fat Woman may be behind it.
This book was a little slow going and confusing until about a hundred pages in but then it becomes riveting and I was constantly guessing as to what has led to what is going on and who Samantha really is. There is incredibly scripted tense scenes especially when Dan seems to be on the verge of being killed by the bad guys. Even though the author uses third person to narrate I still could almost hear my heart pounding a few times.
I would have given the book a full five stars but held off a star because of the slow beginning and the fact that through it all Dan is a dark character with some evil streaks in him. I felt he fell too easily into the drug habit at the beginning of the book, which is not the smartest move an undercover cop can make.
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