By Michael Crichton, John Lange

Diver James McGregor is used to exploring sunken ships. yet there is something unusual in regards to the break of the Grave Descend. not anyone aboard tells fairly an analogous tale approximately what occurred. Then there is the mysterious shipment they have been carrying...

In probably the most attractive locations on the earth, a sinister plot is set to spread.  And if McGregor's now not cautious, he may well locate himself in over his head. 

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Burnham made a clucking sound. “Don’t be nasty. ” “Ask your query. ” “I am curious to understand when you have heard of Trevo. ” “No. ” “It is a city in Sicily. ” McGregor shook his head. “No bells. ” “A conflict was once fought there. throughout the moment global battle. a slightly huge German detachment was once burnt up by way of Italian partisans. The reprisals have been fierce. ” “And? ” Burnham shrugged. “Just questioned if you happen to may need heard of it. ” “No,” McGregor stated. “And if you’re via along with your questions—” “Not entirely,” Burnham stated. “You see, you're a tough guy for us. you might have damaged part 423 of the Jamaican Maritime Code when it comes to salvage of vessels now not having handed customs. The Code hasn't ever been damaged sooner than; the police have regularly been sufficiently alert to avoid what you've got, in truth, done—boarded a sunken vessel and got rid of ship’s articles in unauthorized style. ” “Embarrassing,” McGregor stated. “What are you going to do approximately it? ” “Nothing,” Burnham stated. “For the instant. Later, we may well …” “Think of anything? ” “Yes. give some thought to anything. ” “I’ll stay up for it,” McGregor acknowledged. “But period in-between it's your decision an announcement from Wayne, who used to be bashed over the top whereas the secure used to be being lifted. that may be a pleasant position so that you can begin—” the phone rang. Burnham spoke in brief, his face darkening. while he hung up, he stated, “It appears to be like Mr. Wayne has no assertion for us. The officer interviewing him says he denies any wisdom of a theft. He says his minimize was once an twist of fate. He says he stumbled whereas mountaineering into your truck. ” “Isn’t that fascinating. ” “He additionally says that no secure was once faraway from the send. No article of any sort. ” “And you think him,” McGregor stated. “We are booking judgment. ” “Is that the type of factor they educate you to claim within the Kingston academy? ” “They train us basically caution,” Burnham acknowledged. “Caution and persistence. ” McGregor bought up. “Well, stable luck,” he acknowledged. “With the sufferer strategy. ” Burnham watched him. “Don’t depart Ocho,” he stated, “without informing us. And don’t go away Jamaica. ” “I wasn’t making plans it. ” “I’m convinced not,” Burnham stated calmly. As McGregor left, he stated, “One very last thing. ” “Yes? ” “You may possibly locate the sculpture, Mr. McGregor. ” “Would that support? ” “It would,” Burnham nodded. “Because another way we would finish that you just had stolen it. ” He permit McGregor imagine that over as he walked open air. once he obtained out, he heard a growl. A deep, threatening, yet usual sound. He seemed over and observed Fido. at the back of Fido, conserving him on a skinny leash, used to be Elaine. She had traded her metal costume for one composed of plastic circles stressed out jointly. “Walking the ocelot? ” McGregor requested. “Yes,” she acknowledged. He walked with her, down the line. He may well discover a taxi on the town, a couple of hundred yards away. As they walked, Elaine stated, “Wasn’t that the police development you got here out of? ” “It was once. ” “What have been you doing there? ” “Answering a number of pleasant questions. ” “What approximately? ” she requested. He used to be going to inform her whilst every little thing round him became a chilly and painful coloration of black, and he sank to the floor.

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