Silicon Valley: the eccentric inventor of a new encryption
application is murdered in an apparent drug deal. Istanbul: a
cynical undercover operative receives a frantic call from his
estranged brother, a patent lawyer who believes he’ll be the
next victim. And on the sun-drenched slopes of Sand Hill Road,
California’s nerve center of money and technology, old family
hurts sting anew as two brothers who share nothing but blood and
bitterness wage a desperate battle against a faceless enemy.
Alex Treven has sacrificed everything to achieve his sole
ambition: making partner in his high-tech law firm. But then the
inventor of a technology Alex is banking on is murdered, the patent
examiner who reviewed the innovation dies --- and Alex himself
narrowly escapes an attack in his own home. Off balance, out of
ideas, and running out of time, he knows that the one person who
can help him is the last person he’d ever ask: his
Ben Treven is a military liaison element, an elite undercover
soldier paid to “find, fix, and finish” high-value
targets in the United States global war on terror.
Disenchanted with what he sees as America’s culture of
denial and decadence, Ben lives his detached life in the shadows
because the black ops world is all he really knows --- and because
other than Alex, whom he hasn’t spoken to since their mother
died, his family is long gone.
But blood is thicker than water, and when Ben receives
Alex’s frantic call he hurries to San Francisco to help him.
Only then does Alex reveal that there’s another player who
knows of the technology: Sarah Hosseini, a young Iranian American
lawyer whom Alex has long secretly desired --- and whom Ben
immediately distrusts. As these three struggle to identify the
forces attempting to silence them, Ben and Alex are forced to
examine the events that drove them apart --- even as Sarah’s
presence, and her own secret yearnings, deepens the fault line
A full-throttle thriller that is both emotionally and
politically charged, FAULT LINE centers on a conspiracy that has
spun out of the shadows and onto the streets of America, a
conspiracy that can be stopped by only three people --- three
people with different worldviews, different grievances, different
motives. To survive the forces arrayed against them, they’ll
first have to survive one another.
FAULT LINE © Copyright 2011 by Barry Eisler. Reprinted with
permission by Ballantine Books. All rights reserved.