DEADLY QUEST When a top lieutenant in a notorious ring of human traffickers agrees to turn state’s evidence, Immigration and Customs Enforcement senior agent Sonia Knight believes she’ll finally take down the illegal operation’s devilish mastermind, Xavier Jones. But when an FBI sting on Jones’s criminal enterprise collides with an ICE stakeout, Sonia is enraged: Her informant’s life and her evidence are in grave jeopardy.FBI agent Dean Hooper has been chasing Jones for years on money-laundering and tax-evasion charges and doesn’t need or want a hot-headed ICE agent second-guessing his every move. When the Bureau is ordered to join forces with ICE, Sonia is just as livid: Her job is to save lives, not money. But their team effort pays off as fierce mutual resentment fades and passion flares–along with risk. For Jones is just one piece of a depraved puzzle, answering to an even more dangerous predator. Denied his expected prey, this pitiless fiend intends to make Sonia and Dean pay with their own blood.
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Tough going thru the info dump on trafficking of sexual slaves and indentured servants. When you zero in past that, it’s a good story—tho’ violent. I’ve liked others of hers better, like THE PREY.more
Sonia Knight is an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent who is committed to stemming the tide of human trafficking. Her mission is a personal one, since she herself was sold into prostitution at age 13 by her father, a missionary in South America. She escaped her captivity unharmed in Texas and was adopted by a loving American family. When her stakeout of a suspect's home is interupted by an FBI team with a search warrant for financial records, she is furious. However, she soon realizes that their investigations are overlapping and that, by joining forces, they will have a greater chance of success. And of course it doesn't hurt that the FBI team leader is very good-looking and does something strange to her insides.As predictible as any other popular romantic suspense - but Allison Brennan is one of the best, and this book is better written than most of its type.more