Twelve years ago, Karen Shipley was seventeen years old and had dreams of becoming a movie star. She married a struggling film director and had a son with him. Fourteen months into the marriage her husband leaves her and she goes and tries to start a new life.
Twelve years later, Peter Alan Nelsen, Karen's former husband, is one of the most successful film directors in Hollywood. For some unexplained reason he wants to mend out his wrongs and try to find her ex-wife and son. He wants to be a part of his son's life so he hires Elvis Cole to try to find her. Elvis finds Karen, now living a somewhat idyllic life, and her whole world turns upside down once she is found.
This is one of the better Elvis Cole novels that I read. He does a good job in fleshing out Karen's character from the naïve girl she used to be to the mature single mom trying to do right for her son. She had to do some sacrifices for her son. Her story was well told and it seemed plausible.
Peter Alan Nelsen has never grown up and he is a caricature of the overly rich and famous. He is arrogant, pompous and egotistical. The circumstances in the book will turn him into someone wanting to be a better person. I was becoming disappointed with the Elvis Cole novels but this one might just change my mind. Elvis is still his wise guy self and his partner, Joe Pike is still the strong silent type. I liked that Crais used this novel to do more character development with Cole's clients while still giving something about Cole and Pike for any first timer reading his stories.