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"When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback."
As intelligence analyst Jessica Eden sifts through data to uncover criminal's deepest secrets, she struggles to hide so many of her own: her relationship with the high school boyfriend who inherited a drug cartel; her lingering guilt over the death of her abusive DEA agent mother; the little blue pills she uses to control the anxiety that all but rules her life.
The boyfriend was Caleb Gabriel, now the diminutive but masterful don of the deadly La Grava cartel. Fifteen years ago, Jessica unwittingly gave him information that may have gotten her mother killed. She needs to know exactly what happened, but only Caleb holds the key. And when an assignment in Mexico threatens to expose her past relationship with Caleb, she determines to confront him head-on.
But there's a catch—in exchange for the truth she craves, Caleb extracts a harrowing price. Jessica soon finds herself on the run, the target of a nationwide FBI hunt.
From her agency's headquarters in San Francisco, through the backwaters of East Texas, to the foot of Mexico's Pico de Orizaba volcano, Jessica must put her life on the line to uncover the secrets of her past. She must confront unwelcome truths about people like her boss Xavier Ekhardt—people she once considered allies. She must learn to trust new allies, like the strangely charismatic Icelandic agent Dag Hallgrimsson. But more than anything, she must learn to trust herself—to stay always one step ahead of the "snapback."