I loved Carter's The Emperor of Ocean Park, but can't say the same for this novel.
Beck DeForde was the "young thing" that Jericho Ainsley gave up his marriage and career for, but their affair was short-lived. And perhaps Ainsley didn't really give up his career for Beck; there may have been other reasons behind the former CIA Director's original fall from grace.
His paranoia has become even more advanced in the 15 years following the affair, and when Jericho is dying, he wants to talk to Beck. Is his paranoia justified?
At any rate, Beck goes to his isolated mountain home and joins Jericho's 2 daughters in caring for the "former Everything." Finding herself an object of interest to a number of people is disconcerting for Beck...what do they think Jericho summoned her to his bed side to reveal? Does it endanger her?
I found characters and plot lacking in believability.
Fiction. Mystery/Political Thriller. 2009. 351 pages.