A treasure trove of Tibetan religious artifacts, kwn only as the Blue Poppy, has disappeared. Only one man may kw its whereabouts. He is former FBI agent Robert Frazier, convicted of espionage and w imprisoned at a high-security federal penitentiary in Colorado kwn as Supermax. His one hope for freedom may lie with Dr. Colleen Gale, the psychiatrist hired to help win him a new trial on appeal. But her access to the prisoner also makes her a target, and as the prisoner's story unfolds, she finds herself t only drawn to Frazier, but entangled in the inner circles of the rare art world, and of greed and obsession that reaches all the way to the White House Cabinet. When a prison break designed to abduct Frazier goes array, he and Colleen find themselves running for their lives-hunted by an international art smuggler and assassin kwn as the Ghost, and by federal marshals who have seen six of their own slaughtered during the mayhem.
Robert W. Welkos is an award-winning investigative journalist whose major stories include the enduring mystery of the missing Marilyn Monroe tapes, Los Angeles police pension abuses, groping allegations that rocked action film star Arnold Schwarzenegger's election run for California governor, the controversial Church of Scientology, and tragic deaths of movie stuntmen in Hollywood. During his career, he has worked as a reporter and editor for the Los Angeles Times, writing extensively about the entertainment industry and has covered the Oscars and attended the Cannes and Sundance film festivals. He has also worked as a reporter for the Associated Press. This is his first novel.