Michael Patrick Finnigan was a New York City cop and a US Marshal who figured out that following the rules doesn't always get the job done. Katalin Fiero Dahar was a soldier, spy, and assassin for Spain, who figured out that breaking the rules doesn't always get the job done.
Together, they created St. Nicholas Salvage & Wrecking, a largely illegal bounty hunting operation based in Cyprus and working throughout Europe. Operating under the radar for the presiding judge of the International Criminal Court, they track down the worst of the world's worst.
Someone is kidnapping Middle Eastern refugee children as they flee war-torn countries and selling them into prostitution around the world. Finnigan and Fiero get the assignment to track them down and save the refugees. But when they discover that the perpetrators are a Serbian mobster - with patronage at the highest levels of the United Nations - and a battalion of the Kosovo military, the partners reach out to their "friends" to find justice, including a corrupt banker, a cadre of mercenaries, and a crew of professional thieves.
The battle to stop the mass kidnappings ranges from Belgrade and Zagreb to the Loire Valley and Milan and to the plains of Kosovo. As Finnigan and Fiero close in, the conspirators realize that the judge of the ICC is the real threat and plan an assassination. Now the partners have to save their patron and the kidnapped refugees from a rogue military force with nothing left to lose.
What members say
This reads like an attempted screenplay adapted into a novel. the point of view shifts so often that there is little or no dramatic buildup. At any moment the narrator can be in anyone's head, but never getting close to anything resembling motivation. It's just an inept narrative convenience to tell the story from an omniscient point of view rather than creating the drama inherent in the human condition of not knowing what other people are thinking or doing or why . . .
And these days everyone is writing about sex traffickers, the new bad people everyone hates without any politics involved. t used to be Nazis and bikers or dumb racist hicks; those are worn out, so everyone is all of a sudden all involved in bringing down sex traffickers. All well and good, but it's just another way in which this book has little or nothing novel to offer.
I enjoyed the contrast between the main characters and the unique resources they used to deal with the matter at hand.