Ryan is trying to recover from the loss of his wife and his
son. Their deaths shattered him. He spends time with his brother,
Kevin, a police officer, and Kevin’s wife and their
kids. Then one day, he hears from Greg Moss, a guy he went
to high school with. Greg wants Danny and Kevin to help him.
He’s been getting threatening text messages much like
other members of their high school class have received. The
problem is, the other class members ended up dead, a situation
Greg is desperate to avoid!
does indeed meet the same fate, and as Danny learns more about
Greg’s misguided life of shady political connections
and crooked real estate business deals, he comes to realize
that in fact, there may have been an incident in high school
that was the real motive for his death.
it’s Danny’s turn to receive text messages of
his own, and he tries to pull together lost memories from
his past before he becomes the killer’s next victim.
is a fast-paced thriller set in the gritty areas of Philadelphia.
Although I did not read the first book in the series (The
8th Circle) I was able to catch on to the nuances of
the relationships between Danny and Kevin and family, and
of the friendship with his fellow reporter, Alex Burton.
itself is complex and I found myself drawn deeper and deeper
into the inner workings of Danny Ryan’s world. The book
is not for the faint of heart, but if you love a true crime
type of book, this should be right up your alley. Sarah Cain
does a remarkable job of story telling for the real world,
as corrupt and as scary as that can be.