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In El Paso, Texas a young single female FBI Agent and an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA), married to the daughter of a wealthy and prominent Mexican businessman, have made a case against a major drug cartel. They are found naked and slashedMoreIn El Paso, Texas a young single female FBI Agent and an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA), married to the daughter of a wealthy and prominent Mexican businessman, have made a case against a major drug cartel. They are found naked and slashed to death in his bed. Inspector Ben Douglas and a team of agents are sent from FBIHQ to lead the investigation and work with local agents to identify the killers and bring them to justice.On arrival in El Paso they find at the time of the murders the AUSA’s wife was on a trip to Mexico City. They discover the female agent had a failed marriage with a DEA agent who returned from an assignment and found her in bed with a local FBI agent. Interviews with the AUSA’s wife and her father and brother determined them to be totally uncooperative. The investigation now had three focuses, the cartel, a family possibly bent on revenge, and a former husband.Interviews with the dead agents colleagues determined she’d had an affair with an older grad student from a Mid-East country. He proposed, she accepted but when he told her how she would live in his country, she laughed at him and broke the engagement enraging the man.When Douglas attempted to interview him he was treated with disdain. Evidence mounted that he was more jihadist than student and had gathered a few other radicals to his cause.For reasons Douglas never quite understood the man turned his anger on Douglas and made at least two attempts to murder him. The resources of the Bureau were concentrated on this group and they were brought to justice except for the leader and one other who escaped to Mexico. The case became a routine fugitive hunt and Douglas returned to Washington FBIHQ.Shortly after his return from El Paso Douglas began receiving phone calls from the killer telling Douglas he was in the DC area and intended at the proper time to kill Douglas by emasculating him. Douglas began to lay plans to lure the killer in knowing from the phone calls that the fugitive often had him under observation. Douglas’ wife, chief of psychological services at a troubled children’s institute, had been invited to participate in a short term exchange program with an institute in Denmark. With relief he put her on a plane for Copenhagen.Douglas enlisted the aid of a female agent who had worked for him on a prior assignment and who he’d assisted in getting out of an abusive relationship. They acted out a relationship similar to that of the dead couple in El Paso. Sure that they were being observed they arrived at Douglas’ town house and scattered articles of clothing from the entrance to the upstairs master bed room where they waited. They soon found themselves in the most dangerous situation Douglas had faced in all of his years in the FBI.