Mass. State Tpr. Bobby Dodge is a member of the Special Tatics and Operations Team, as a sniper. He's called to a hostage situation. No sooner does he begin surveillance that he sees a man aiming a gun at a woman, who, we learn later, is his wife.
When Bobby sees the man's trigger finger begin to tighten on the gun, Bobby shoots and kills the man, Jimmy Gagnon.
Gagnon's wife Catherine had been abducted when she was a teenager. She was held underground for twenty eight days as her abductor abused her. She was saved when hunters heard her cries.
Jimmy is an abusive spouse. The couple met when Catherine called in on a suicide help line. Catherine can't get help because Jimmy's father is an influential judge and would use his powers to prevent her discrediting his son.
Now with Jimmy dead and Jimmy and Catherine's son, Nathan, having been hospitalized a number of times for an undiagnosed illness, the judge takes measures to gain custody of Nathan.
The author sets the stage and slowly reels her readers in for what comes next as the action explodes across the pages in the final segments of the book.
Bobby is a likable, well described character. We learn about his past and this enables the reader to understand why he is determined to help this woman, Catherine, when no one else is helping her. Catherine is a sad woman. So many bad things happen to her that the reader wonders how it can be. However, the author provides the answers in a well polished, dramatic story.
No. 1 in Detective D.D. Warren Series (per Lisa Gardner's website)