Meet Revenge, Inc.

Revenge Inc.Wiley Stone and Dave Blue are big guys. Literally. Ex-football stars, in height and breadth they tower above most everyone. They can be an intimidating duo, which comes in handy for what Wiley and Dave do for a living: exact revenge for clients seeking the services of their unique business venture, Revenge, Inc.

As daunting as their physical attributes are, Wiley and Dave bring yet another level to what might seem, at first, to be a business built around thuggery alone. They're smart, worldly, sophisticated, and yes, even ethical — they know that what they're doing walks a fine line between what's just and what's just violence.

“Taking justice into our hands requires detailed knowledge. Otherwise we're vigilantes,” says Wiley in “Cloud of Terns,” the first in the series of Revenge Inc. thrillers, which introduces readers to these modern-day knights of retribution. Adds partner Dave, “It turns out revenge is not just about punishing the victimizer. Revenge is a process of understanding, and it's different for each person.”

The above, in a nutshell, is how Wiley and Dave approach their work — revenge requires soul-searching, and they lead their victimized clients through that rigorous, in-depth, and painful journey before the first blow is struck.

Make no mistake: Wiley and Dave take care of business — they don't shy away from the work to be done. But Revenge, Inc. isn't the sole architect of the punishment to come: victims are expected to participate in the why and the how, the where and the when. And nothing gets done until revenge-thirsty clients understand the consequences of their actions on the psyche and the soul.

From their offices on a rustically urbane barge moored in Sausalito, the San Francisco skyline shimmering on the horizon, Wiley and Dave take clients — and readers — across the globe, from the exotic Seychelles islands in “Cloud of Terns” to a voyage to China's Three Gorges Dam and on to stately Stockholm for the Nobel Prize awards in the recently released second book, “Revenge of the Scapegoat.” It's an adventure in recovery for victims, but with a caveat, advises Wiley: “Revenge may end in a physical act, but most of all it's a psychological process of discovery.”