Thomas Jackstraw, heir to a long family tradition of military men, was drummed out of
West Point, ironically, on a point of honor—he wouldn’t supply the names of other cadets
who cheated on exams. In the two decades since, Jackstraw has travelled the world as a
high-paid mercenary. After his bride dies in a car crash, he retreats from the world of
emotion and feeling. So when he’s offered a small fortune to stage an assassination
attempt on the beautiful Rachel Valentine, a third-party candidate for vice-president, he
accepts. But when things go horribly awry, and Jackstraw becomes a fugitive hunted by
every law enforcement agency in the country, he must use all his considerable skills to
evade capture and turn the tables on the forces conspiring against him . . . and get closer
to the enigmatic Valentine, who’s developed a fondness for her would-be assassin.
From the jungles of South America and the peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the
backrooms and bedrooms of a presidential campaign, Jackstraw is a story of diabolical
suspense, breathtaking escape—and even love.
"Faust writes well, with confidence and flair.” —The New York Times
"A writer of rare and uncommon talent . . . resonant, sinewy prose." —The Los Angeles
“A wonderful writer with a firm grip on character, setting and pace.” —The Washington Times
“Faust writes beautifully . . . reminds you of Hemingway and Peter Matthiessen.”
About the Author:
Ron Faust was the award-winning author of 14 previous novels, all thrillers, including the
bestseller When She Was Bad and In the Forest of the Night. Many of his novels have
been optioned for film. He died in 2011.