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Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2011
If you've read the previous Tim Rackley series, you know he's a great character. Now imagine him going up against himself - only a younger, more well trained version! Walker Jameson, a prison escapee, is that person. You find yourself sympathetic to him in the same way you were sympathetic to Rackley in The Kill Clause. He's doing really bad things for some understandable reasons. Rackley is the head of the unit commissioned to bring him in or kill him trying. The relationship that ensues between the two is a very interesting twist on the usual good vs. evil scenario. I, too, found the beginning a bit slow. For me, the details of the scientific process was a bit tedious and the lengthy descriptions of the weaponry meant nothing to me. I am aware that other people could view this entirely differently. However, the story is wonderful. As always, Hurwitz, is an extremely talented writer who creates terrific characters in a continually exciting novel. The story about Walker's sick nephew, Sam, was made more poignant by Tim's reflections on his daughter who had been murdered several years previously and his tender interactions with his two year old son, Tyler. This makes Tim, who is a very tough U.S. Marshall, more human and vulnerable. You know he will rise to the occasion if and when he has to to do his job, but his struggle in dealing with his sympathy for Walker and his contempt for the people that Walker is after makes for a much more profound story. Hurwitz brings it all together in a masterful manner with a satisfying prologue to answer the few lingering questions. If you haven't read the previous books in the Rackley series, I'd recommend it, although there is enough explanation about the characters and back story that it could be read on its own.