By Nelson DeMille

Again from the chilly battle, intelligence officer Keith Landry returns to his fatherland of Spencerville, Ohio. Twenty-five years after their final come across, Keith runs into his past love, Annie, now unhappily married to the town's leader of police--an abusive alcoholic. In his efforts to reclaim Annie, Keith should draw on all of the abilities of a violent lifetime.

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In the end, hadn’t Keith Landry’s arrival in Spencerville coincided with Annie Baxter’s newly empty nest? yet this confluence of occasions was once no longer completely serendipitous; Keith knew from Annie’s letters that Wendy was once going away to varsity, that can have subconsciously encouraged his determination to come back. nevertheless, his compelled retirement may have happened or 3 years in the past, or or 3 years from now. yet extra vital, he used to be able to swap his existence, and, via the tone of her contemporary letters, she used to be lengthy past due. So twist of fate, unconscious making plans, or miracle? without doubt a bit of every. He was once torn among motion and inactiveness, among ready and doing. His military education had taught him to behave, his intelligence education had taught him persistence. “There is a time to sow and a time to reap,” acknowledged his Sunday college instructor. certainly one of his intelligence institution teachers had additional, “Miss both of these occasions and you’re fucked. ” “Amen. ” Keith entire the final tap and paused to scrub his fingers within the kitchen sink. He’d authorized a call for participation to wait a exertions Day fish fry at his Aunt Betty’s residence a number of miles away. the elements were strong, the steaks have been amazing, the salads have been all home made, and the candy corn, which ripened lengthy ahead of the sector corn, was once clean off the stalk. approximately twenty humans had proven up, and Keith knew such a lot of them or knew of them. males his personal age, now not but fifty, appeared outdated, and this gave him a scare. there have been loads of childrens there, too, and the teenage boys appeared attracted to his having lived in Washington, they usually all desired to recognize if he’d ever been to long island. His years of residing in Paris, London, Rome, Moscow, and somewhere else on the planet have been to this point faraway from their body of reference that not anyone appeared concerned about these locations. concerning his task, so much every person had heard his mom and dad say that Keith was once within the diplomatic corps. now not everybody understood accurately what this intended, yet neither could they've got understood his final activity with the nationwide defense Council; honestly, after over two decades with military Intelligence, the safeguard Intelligence service provider, and the NSC, Keith himself understood much less of his activity description with every one move and advertising. while he’d been an operative, a undercover agent, it was once all crystal-clear. extra up the ladder, it acquired foggy. He’d sat at White condominium meetings with humans from the international Intelligence Advisory Board, the principal Intelligence organization, the Bureau of Intelligence and study, the internet tests crew, the nationwide safety Agency—not to be careworn with the nationwide protection Council—and ten different intelligence teams, together with his former employers, the security Intelligence organisation. on the planet of intelligence, overlap equaled greatest protection. How may possibly fifteen or twenty various firms and subagencies thoroughly leave out whatever very important? effortless. The waters could have been muddy within the Nineteen Seventies and ’80s, yet a minimum of they have been all working within the related course. After approximately 1990, issues bought not just muddier yet stagnant.

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