From the dust jacket: "Cole Clayfield is called a throwback by those who know him. He's a Kentucky mountain man lost in modern times, more comfortable alone in his isolated cabin, hunting with his dogs, or teaching his 10-year-old granddaughter Shelby how to understand nature and respect the earth. Since the death of his beloved wife, though, Clayfield hasn't felt much of anything, except sorry for himself.
When Shelby is suddenly kidnapped at gunpoint by a sociopath named Darnell, all of Clayfield's tracking instincts are shocked into action. But Shelly's other grandfather, a rich lawyer and political wheeler-dealer named Stockton, has his own ideas. Both men are desperate to get their granddaugher back alive, but each has very different ways of going about it.
While Stockton uses his money and hidden influence to trace Darnell's mad, murderous scramble across three states with Shelby and Darnell's girlfriend Hayley, Clayfield scales the rough mountain trail and walks the mean city streets himself, trying to trap Darnell where he least expects it. Only Clayfield is a little older than he used to be, and Darnell is as dangerous and as sharp as they come. He never hesitates to shoot first, and he doesn't care who gets in the way as long as he gets out.
As the pressure surrounding Darnell mounts and the search for the trio grows more violent and intense, Clayfield inches closer and closer to the madman who is holding his granddaughter-praying that it's not too late to save her, and that Darnell pays with his life's blood for what he's done.
This was one of those books that I couldn't put down. Was sorry when it ended.
I loved this book form start to finish. Edge of your seat suspense to the very end. I have read this one more than once and I still enjoy it every time. Recommended for anyone who likes a good thriller.
Amoral and violent, Darnell Pittmore escapes on his way to court by seizing ten-year-old Shelby Stockton as hostage. Shelby's grandfathers?wealthy businessman/ lawyer G.D. Stockton and mountain man Cole Clayfield?set out to rescue her, each in his own way. Throughout the rugged mountain country of Kentucky and southern Ohio, hunters and quarry fight their desperate battles with the life of the little girl as the ultimate prize. While Stockton relies upon his wealth and contacts, Clayfield calls upon his lifetime of wilderness skills and Shelby uses her wits and courage to good advantage. The story rapidly involves the reader through unexpected plot twists and the author's portrayal of Clayfield as a believable man, aging, battling his own demons, all too human and vulnerable to the terrible pains inflicted by a singularly evil villain.