After helping to put her serial killer husband, Jim Beckett, in prison, Tess Williams has been on the run with her daughter for two years. When, Beckett escapes from prison after beating two guards to death, Tess realizes she can't run any longer but needs to learn to fight. She hires a very reluctant, J. T. Dillon to teach her to defend herself in just one month. Like Tess, J. T. is fighting his own demons of the past and the addition of his FBI Agent sister, Marion adds to his stress level. As Tess begins to develop some fighting skills a relationship of another kind begins to develop between Tess and J. T. Meanwhile J. T. tries to convince Marion to face the terrors of their child. Tess' training comes to abrupt halt when Beckett kidnaps their four year old daughter out of the police safe house. The unlikely trio all head to Boston with the one goal of killing "The Perfect Husband."
The first of Gardner's FBI Profiler series starts of at a great pace with strong character development. Tess Williams is a heroine that any woman or man would want to root for. Gardner's revealing of Tess' history is told at such a pace to keep you guessing and continually wanting more. Jim Beckett is the perfect psychopath and will have you checking your closets before bedtime. J. T. however is a bit to dark and brooding for my taste. He spends most of the novel in angst over his past. His and Marion's constant bickering along with her refusal to remember the past quickly become overplayed and left me frustrated with both characters. FBI Profiler, Quincy plays such a small role in this book that it is easy to forget this is the first book of a series about Quincy.
Overall I found this book to be an exciting read with strong characters in Tess and Jim. The issues with Marion and J. T. seemed to slow the story down at parts but were never truly detrimental. This first novel in the FBI Profiler series is not trully about Profiler Qunicy and can be read alone or with the series. I would recommend this book for a great summer read and give it 3 1/2 stars out of five.