Since her parents' deaths, former FBI Special Agent Darcy McClain has leaned on lifelong friend Randolph Colton, but now he has his own battle to fight. Severe cuts in the government's defense budget have forced his company, Colton Aerospace, to downsize. On the verge of bankruptcy, Randolph learns Capitol Hill has awarded his firm a contract to manufacture a high-powered laser for the air force's next generation of bombers.
However, his euphoria dies when he discovers a crack cyberspook has penetrated the firewalls of Colton's classified databases. If the Department of Defense discovers the security breach, they'll yank the contract. Randolph calls in the one person who can catch the hacker: Darcy.
Before the investigation even begins, Randolph is murdered, leaving Darcy to wonder if the killer and the hacker could be one and the same. While she stalks him through the electronic corridors of Colton's restricted operating systems, The Carver, a man indelibly scarred by his horrific past, methodically continues to exact his revenge on the Colton family. He vows that no one will stand in his way, not even Darcy McClain. But the shocking secret that drives him to revenge is something only she can uncover.
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