The story revolves around widowed Detective Inspector Michael Bennett with 20 years police experience originally with the 'drug-riddled' Manhattan culture. He has ten children aged between 7 an 16 years of age, mostly adopted. Six girls and four boys, a mix of Spanish, Asian, Black and White, supervised by a fellow devoted nanny Mary Catherine of similar Irish origin.
The target of his investigation is a ruthless killer and billionaire who was the most notorious and violent drug kingpin in the Mexican cartel system, Manuel 'the Sun King' Perrine. With the aid of his schoolfriend and now partner, Hughie McDonough, the meticulously planned arrest of Perrine is with informants' help that he is returning to New York City. Things go wrong. Hughie is assassinated by Perrine's mistress, Marietta. Bennett is set on nailing Perrine who is eventually apprehended.
Perrine is in prison awaiting trial but with threats and bribes continues to operate and control. There follows a series of events that threaten Bennett's family and associates. Court room murders with hired assassins, witness manipulation and withdrawal under threat, police corruption and attempts on Bennett's family through rival drug gangs (some of his children are shot) directed by Perrine himself add to the narrative. Bennett has have a cabin in Newburgh 60 miles north of NY city near Orange Lake where his family camp out but are still under threat. Perrine is not finished. Events lead to his escape that stretch the imagination, but add to the story. His extermination of people who have 'crossed' him run through the novel.
The ending is awaited with interest but not totally unexpected. A cliff-hanger, however leads to a 'what happens next' and clearly points to a sequel. I found suspense and interest in the book but not many twists or guess work to do. Patterson's stamp is there but as always with co-authors the reader is never sure of who writes what.
Maintains interest throughout, however. Await follow-up.