Neal Maven a special forces veteran has completed his tour of duty in Iraq and returned to Boston, his home town. He pals up with Ricky Blye a badly injured vet, working on jobs at the bottom end of the food chain. Two gang-bangers attempt to rob Maven while he's at work and he is assisted in the scuffle by Brad Royce a veteran who had left the Army years before. Royce persuades Maven to join a select crew ripping off drug dealers of cash and product when the buy takes place. The operations are carried out in a professional way but then the drug gangs begin to fight back. There is also a Drug Enforcement agent, Marcus Lash, an old hand of vast experience on their trail. They decide on one last job which goes disastrously wrong and Maven ends up as the patsy. But who caused it, was it the drug gangs getting smart, the DEA acting on a tip or someone within their crew working on a different agenda. Maven intends to find out and settle accounts in his own way. Chuck Hogan's debut novel "The Standoff" was written sixteen years ago and was highly praised, he has continued in the same vein but like some other American authors he is only now receiving the praise in Britain he deserves. I see from his Author's note he is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book to a non profit, non partisan organisation in America called Homes for our Troops, building specially adapted houses for severely injured personnel.