By Carla Neggers
On what's presupposed to be a quiet lengthy weekend in New Hampshire, Deputy U.S. Marshal Mackenzie Stewart is viciously attacked on the lakefront cottage of her pal, federal pass judgement on Bernadette Peacham. Mackenzie fends off her attacker, yet he manages to flee. every little thing indicates he's a deranged drifter--until FBI precise agent Andrew Rook arrives.
With Rook, Mackenzie broke her personal rule to not become involved with somebody in legislation enforcement, yet she is aware he isn't up from Washington, D.C., to set issues directly among them. He's on a case.
As the quest for the mysterious attacker keeps, the case takes an unforeseen flip whilst Mackenzie follows Rook again to Washington and unearths that Bernadette's former mentor, a once-powerful, now-disgraced pass judgement on who has been delivering Rook with details, has long past lacking. Mackenzie and Rook observe the stakes are greater than both had imagined, and a grasp felony with not anything left to lose is ready to gamble everything.
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Meaning he was trying to hide some embarrassing fact. 60 Tess Gerritsen “The attic flat where their bodies were found,” said Daumier, “was rented out to a Mlle Scarlatti. According to the landlord, Rideau, this Scarlatti woman used the flat once or twice a week. And only for the purpose of…” He paused delicately. ” Jordan said bluntly. Daumier nodded. “After the shooting, the landlord was asked to identify the bodies. Rideau told the police that the woman he called Mlle Scarlatti was the same one found dead in the garret.
I myself had a few sticky years in MI6. Brother of a traitor and all, can we trust him, that sort of thing. But then, it was forgotten. And I went on with my career. I think…I think it was because no one at MI6 could quite believe the report. ” 48 Tess Gerritsen “I don’t believe it, either,” said Beryl. Uncle Hugh looked at her. “Nevertheless—” “I won’t believe it. It’s a fabrication. ” “Mum and Dad can’t defend themselves! ” she retorted. ” “Then did you confirm that evidence? ” “Yes, and I trusted Daumier’s report.
Have supper with me, she read in his smile. And afterward, who knows? Anything’s possible. Slowly she sat back in the booth. ” “You play it straight with us. ” “Claude asked me to consult. As a personal favor. The summit’s over now, so my schedule’s open. ” He nodded. “Cosmic Solidarity is a new one for me. I try to keep up with new terrorist groups. ” He held a menu out to her and smiled. ” She met his gaze and saw no flicker of avoidance in his eyes. Still, her instincts told her there was something more behind that smile, something yet unsaid.