The Camel Club is back, at least what’s left of it. Their
number has been reduced, since Milton Farb was cruelly cut down in
a gun fight meant to take out Oliver Stone. Now Stone has some
scores to settle. He says his goodbyes and handles a little
unfinished business before taking off for parts unknown. After all
these years, things have come to a head.
“He had a letter to deliver. And something to pick up.
And then it would be time to hit the road. His alter ego John Carr
was finally dead. And the odds were awfully good that Oliver Stone
might be right behind him.”
Two men have been murdered, linked to Stone by past sins.
General Macklin Hayes, wielding heavy influence and little mercy,
sets agent John Knox on Stone’s trail. A formidable opponent,
Knox studies his quarry’s reputation. He fears that he too
may not live through this assignment. The more he learns about
Stone, the more perplexed he becomes. Stone seems like an honorable
man. Why would he kill two men in cold blood, as he is accused of
doing? It doesn’t fit. And the deeper Knox digs, the more
nervous his boss becomes. General Hayes refuses to give him access
to crucial information and then blocks the investigation when Knox
heads in a direction the general doesn’t like. What was
Hayes’s purpose in assigning him to find Stone if he
won’t allow him to follow all leads?
Meanwhile, Stone has hopped a train out of town. He
doesn’t really care where it takes him so long as it gets him
out of Washington. His plan might have worked out better had he not
decided to run interference for a young man grossly outnumbered in
an ugly fight. Danny Riker could have died on that train if Stone
had not jumped in to help. Soon, he finds himself and the kid
standing on a road watching the train chugging off into the
distance. They start down the long road for Divine, Virginia, a
tiny town in the middle of nowhere, a place that Riker has called
home for his entire life. To Stone, it sounds like the perfect
place to disappear in. But it turns out that Divine is not the
idyllic town suggested by its name. In fact, it has some nasty
little secrets. And people with something to hide often look upon
strangers with a suspicious eye.
In Divine, Stone, aka John Carr, tries to maintain a low
profile. But Abby Riker, Danny’s widowed mother, takes an
interest in Stone, complicating his ideas of a smooth getaway. And
he can’t deny the growing fondness he feels for both Danny
and Abby, further complicating things for him.
As Knox’s search is bringing him closer to Stone and the
truth, the members of the Camel Club are working frantically to
find Stone before Knox does. A rough-and- tumble group, their
personalities and talents get them through the toughest situations.
And they know that whoever reaches Stone first will have some hard
decisions to make. As will Stone.
With Milton Farb gone, it seemed like the Camel Club may have
run its course, but they remain unified and committed to
Stone. Each person has battled his or her demons and grown stronger
for it. Their faith in Stone is unwavering. And David
Baldacci’s readers’ faith should be unwavering, too.
There is good reason Stone is so popular and has lived as long as
he has. He is a true hero. Full of compassion, justice and
nail-biting tension, DIVINE JUSTICE is the best of this superb
series of stories.
Reviewed by Kate Ayers on December 29, 2010