“Marion 'Doc' Ford, marine biologist and CIA covert operator, gets a visit from his Central American former lover, telling Doc that someone has kidnapped their son. That someone is a killer who likes to burn his victims. But this time the killer wants something more from the boy. He wants his face transplanted in order to cover the horrendous scars he received as a child. Ford and his buddy Tomlinson figure out from clues sent by the boy where he is being held. Along the way Ford manages to offend his girlfriend and learn about face transplants, shock therapy, and where circus people live when not touring. This is a good mystery in a good series.