He breaks into a home of a wealthy family in Washington, D.C. and while there, the woman of the house returns early for a romantic interlude with her lover. Luther hides in the woman's closet but can see what is going on.
The sex turns rough and the man is unable to perform due to his alcoholic state. As the woman ridicules the man he grabs her throat and a struggle ensues. The woman grabs a letter opener and moves after the man when two other men break into the room. They see that the woman is about to stab the man so the two men both fire and kill the woman.
The man is the president of the United States and when Gloria Russell, the President's chief of staff tries to sanitize the room, she leaves the letter opener which have the President's prints on it.
Luther sees them leave, grabs the letter opener and escapes. But the secret service realize they don't have the weapon so rush back to the room to observe it has been taken.
David Baldacci ratchets up the mood instantly as the Secret Service tries to cover their tracks and Luther attempts to set something in motion that will lead to uncovering the President as a killer and exposing the political corruption.
This is my second reading of Baldacci's blockbuster debut novel and it is every bit as good as the first reading. We follow the hunted and await the death knell as the realistic characters collide in their attempt to hide or, for others, to unearth the truth.