Missing the challenges of being a cop, ex-homicide detective Patrick McDonald opens his own detective agency. Then ABW, a state-of-the-art rail transportation company, hires him to find the company's accountant -- and his records -- both of which have disappeared. Patrick and his new partner Margarita, a lovely and talented Latina detective, take on the missing person's case but soon find themselves in the cross hairs of a dark and dangerous quagmire of treachery. Their inquiries take them into the personal and professional lives of friends and lovers; hidden fears and jealousies become intertwined in the intrigue. Suspects become victims, stalkers become prey, and romances grow out of trickery and passion. As the straightforward assignment intensifies, the impossible becomes probable and deceptions unfold and multiply, resembling a scene directed by a master manipulator, and Patrick finds so much is beyond his control. James McMahon draws on his experience as a retired psychotherapist to create authentic characters with true-to-life motivations. He lives in New Bern, North Carolina, with his wife.His six grown children and several grandchildren are encouraging him to write books based on stories he has told over the years.