By Steve Martini
Jocelyn "Joss" Cole, a burned-out public defender from L.A., has opted for a quieter lifestyles within the San Juan Islands of Washington kingdom. Joss has no major consumers except a gaggle of business fisherman struggling with a wierd and severe disease, a that medical professionals can't diagnose, and which Joss believes has an business reason. Then into her workplace comes Dean Belden, a well-heeled patron looking for a attorney to aid him manage a company within the islands. inside days Belden is subpoenaed to seem earlier than a federal grand jury. lower than an hour after attesting, and earlier than Joss can realize what occurred within the secrecy of the grand jury room, Belden dies in a fiery explosion of his drift airplane on Seattle's Lake Union. Gideon Van Ry is a nuclear fission professional and a student in place of abode on the heart for Nonproliferation reports in Monterey, California. one among his tasks is to replace the Center's database, an intensive catalog directory fissionable fabrics and guns of mass destruction. Gideon is via the plain failure to account for 2 small tactical nuclear units lacking from a garage facility within the former Soviet Union.The guns have been final noticeable in packing crates, to be shipped to an American corporation known as Belden Electronics. Gideon has been not able to find this enterprise, and now he's left with just one attainable lead, the attorney who included the company-Jocelyn Cole. Fraught with stress and suspense, severe Mass is Steve Martini at his electrifying most sensible. it's the tale of what can occur in a global the place deepest hate and public apathy mix to uncork the drowsing yet lethal genie of nuclear terror.