In my opinion, Dead Watch is at the same level as the worst in Prey series. It is not bad, but needed more woven intrigues. Perhaps I didn’t like it very much because the story was about politics – but when I think about it, I enjoyed the Mary Queen of Scots court stories which were full of intrigues: friends could become foes and vice versa.
The hero in this book was a 33 year-old army intelligence veteran, now worked as a forensic bureaucrat, named Jake Winter. If something went wrong, he tried to find out what really happened. Basically, like Lucas Davenport, he was a fixer.
Jake Winter’s leg had been wounded and now he was limp and usually walked with a
cane. He lived in , and worked for Bill
Danzig, the president’s chief of staff. Burleith,
Lincoln Bowe, a former senator from
Virginia, was missing and probably dead. His
wife, Madison thought that his rival, Arlo Goodman, the governor, knew
something about it because she was being followed by the Watchmen, the governor’s
volunteer militia group, or the governor’s thugs. There was a rumor that the
missing politician had had ‘a package’ about a big corruption done by the vice
president that could bring him down. Jake Winter had to find the package before
Arlo Goodman, who also wanted it because of his ambition to be the next vice
I think the mysterious man who first tipped Jake Winter about the package's existence, stayed mysterious.