It is a tribute to the author's skill that I have now read all three books in this series, despite the enormous improbabilities in the way the protagonist is treated by his contemporaries and in the way that he relates to the world.
Adam Ward was formerly one of the Guild's foremost telepaths, before becoming addicted to an experimental drug and being kicked out of the Guild. He now works for the Atlanta police department as an "interviewer." Despite having an unparallelled record of success, Adam is routinely belittled, insulted, humiliated and even assaulted by his colleagues. At the end of the first book, he saved the world from an artificially enhanced telepathic superman. One might have thought that this would have given him some credibility, but nope, when the second one starts, he is still working on sufferance, still barely tolerated, still routinely mistreated and abused. At the end of the second one, he saves the World from a plot to re-introduce some ancient, forbidden technology that could have easily resulted in the destruction of civilization. Does this help? Not really. At the beginning of this book, Adam is once again everybody's punching bag. He gets a frantic call from his former fiancee, a high ranking Guild member. He reluctantly responds, whereupon he is assaulted, arrested, threatened and then blackmailed into doing the investigation that he had already agreed to do.
None of this makes a lot of sense. I have been a manager for many years and if I had treated an employee the way Adam is treated, I would have been hit with about 50 claims of hostile work environment and unfair labor practice. Adam is the sort of obviously valuable resource that any police department would get down on their knees and thank God for.
Still, the World that the author creates is interesting and well thought out. Adam is an attractive protagonist and one can't help but root for him. I'll probably buy the next one, but I'm just hoping that Adam learns to punch back. That, I would enjoy.