Breaking Cover (Hardcover)

By J.D. Rhoades

Minotaur Books, 9780312371555, 352pp.

Publication Date: July 22, 2008

August 2008 Indie Next List

“Brilliant FBI agent Tony Wolf has been in hiding for years, from both the bureau and the murderous biker gang he was investigating from within. He thinks he's managed to evade his past, but the past has an aversion to staying dead. Rhoades is a writer to watch -- his sly, graceful way of evoking character and setting makes Breaking Cover shine.”
— Frazer Dobson, Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC
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From the Shamus Award-nominated author of the critically-acclaimed Jack Keller southern crime series comes an explosive stand-alone thriller about an undercover federal agent, a chameleon whose specialty is assaulting criminal organizations from within.

He was the most talented undercover agent in FBI history, until he dropped completely off the grid, and hasn't been heard from in years. Did he go native, or was he discovered and killed? When Tony Wolf is finally driven out into the open, torn from deep cover during the rescue of two kidnapped children, he becomes the number one target of both the vicious biker gang he double-crossed and a massive Federal manhunt.

But Tony’s tired of being the hunted, and as both the gang and a traitorous FBI agent converge on a small southern town, they’re all about to learn a hard lesson:  When the Wolf breaks cover, he doesn’t always run away.

Sometimes he comes straight at your throat.

Critically acclaimed author J.D. Rhoades has written his most compelling thriller to date--a pulse-pounding novel that leaps off the page and will leave readers begging for more.

About the Author

J.D. RHOADES lives and practices law in Carthage, North Carolina.

Praise For Breaking Cover

Advanced Praise for Breaking Cover:

"I read this book so fast my fingers have blisters.  Hypnotic as a cobra's stare and twice as mean.  J.D. Rhoades is a master." –Marcus Sakey, author of AT THE CITY’S EDGE

"BREAKING COVER won't surprise J.D. Rhoades' fans, who already know just how good he is, but it should win him many more. A breath-taking pace, paired with a sure sense of character and place, makes this book another winner. Rhoades' star on the mystery scene is rising almost as fast as his own stories rocket across the page." –Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of ANOTHER THING TO FALL

Praise for J.D. Rhoades:

“Rhoades is a true rising star. You NEED to be reading his books.” –Crimespree Magazine

“Rhoades seems to have observed and remembered all the seedy details of life outside the centers of urban and suburban life as we know it. Nobody could totally invent this stuff.” –Chicago Tribune

"Rhoades portrays unrepentant, psychotic killers but manages to make us feel, almost against our will, the human hearts that beat within their violent souls." —Booklist

"J.D. Rhoades kicks ass. Jack Keller kicks ass. You'll read it in one sitting and be breathless by the finish. Rhoades writes with wit, style, and adrenaline. I can't wait for the next Keller adventure." —J.A. Konrath, author of Rusty Nail