At Gone Dark’s start cyber and physical attacks against the US electrical grid are underway. Not all are successful. Enough are and the FBI struggles with the scale. California, one of the world’s top ten economies, is particularly vulnerable. Grale gets transfers temporarily to the LA field office and works with two California FBI agents investigating attacks on the grid they believe originate from domestic terror cells. Near the same time his niece, Julia, lone survivor of the Alagara bombing in Signature Wounds, moves to Long Beach. She may or may not have been drawn into a questionable group. The nature of the story led to disparate leads and varied settings. It all comes together, but I think the novel only works if at the end Julia, who’s at the age of breaking free, and Grale in his unexpected role as a stand-in parent, find their way through. As with Signature Wounds, I want a thriller but with heart.
"FBI special agent Paul Grale is the hero of this gripping series launch... Russell smoothly melds tech info, sophisticated investigative techniques, and old-fashioned macho action..."
While in Las Vegas on his way to a family Fourth of July celebration, FBI bomb expert Paul Grale hears a deep blast and sees the smoke rising. In an unfolding nightmare, Grale discovers his sister, brother-in-law, and many friends were caught up in the explosion. Grief stricken, he is pulled from the main bomb investigation to sift orphan leads. Quietly he begins a relentless search for the bomb maker.
When the FBI suspects his friend and disgruntled former drone pilot for the blast, Grale thinks they're getting it all wrong. Propelled by deep personal loss and an intense need to do the right thing, he picks his way through the smallest of leads and into a maze of twists, turns, and sudden dead ends. When he uncovers another threat, time is already quickly running out. With the lives of so many at stake, Grale won't let himself fail—and he won't rest until there's justice for his family.
Adrenalized, gripping, and all too timely, Signature Wounds brings terror to Vegas and introduces FBI special agent and bomb tech Paul Grale, a man whose specialized skill and fierce determination are a lethal combination.
Signature Wounds is available in trade paperback and ebook from Thomas and Mercer, as well as in audiobook format from Brilliance Audio.