By Michael Crichton

As knowledgeable handler of venomous snakes - and a smuggler of infrequent artifacts - Charles Raynaud is acquainted with chance. So the activity bodyguarding an outdated acquaintance approximately to come back right into a fortune can not make him holiday a sweat.

But while the makes an attempt at the man's existence approximately get Raynaud killed, he is left brooding about: is he the killers' actual target...? 

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Later within the day Raynaud went to the fix store the place the Maserati stood, a twisted, wrinkled heap of steel. He walked all over the vehicle, attempting to take into account precisely what had occurred. something used to be transparent: the automobile had struck a phone pole. front finish used to be deeply indented, the hood telescoped again, the paint flaking clear of the bruised steel. however the mobilephone pole had struck at the left facet. Raynaud’s aspect. The demise seat. He walked round the motor vehicle a moment time, attempting to make himself think the facts ahead of his eyes. there have been no how one can hedge, no how you can keep away from the most obvious truth: Richard had attempted to kill him. At nice danger to himself. Richard had rammed his motor vehicle right into a mobilephone pole in one of these means as to kill Raynaud. by chance. He stared on the sheets of twisted steel and shook his head. Why may still Richard wish him lifeless? He looked for a solution, yet discovered none. And whilst he left the fix store, he was once extra afraid than he were in years. sixteen. CHEERS, HELL JONATHAN BLACK LAY TENSELY on his again because the health care provider strapped at the electrodes. The health professional was once a skinny, severe-looking guy, yet he was once often called a great heart specialist. Black had visible him per month for 5 years, for the reason that his first myocardial infarction. but he by some means had by no means adjusted to the visits. They regularly made him annoying. “Just relax,” the health care provider stated. He was once making use of white paste to Black’s chest, and pushing at the suction electrodes. “You’ve definitely had this sooner than. ” He comprehensive, and stepped again. “There we move. simply breathe simply. ” He became at the small laptop, and watched because the paper started to roll out towards the ground. Black may possibly see the black ink squiggles of the electrocardiogram. The health professional pressed buttons and grew to become dials at the computing device. Then he stopped it, adjusted the electrodes, and commenced it back. He repeated this until eventually he had lined all six V leads, and had a tracing on paper that used to be numerous toes lengthy. “Hmmm,” he stated, learning the paper. Black sat up, pulled off the electrodes, and collected a gauze pad. He sponged off the paste. “Something improper? ” “No, not anything. ” Black held out his hand. “May I see it? ” The health care professional grew to become away. “Something flawed with this damned machine,” he acknowledged. “I concept so all alongside. I’ve acquired to have it checked out. get back subsequent week? ” Black stored his hand out. “May I see the tracing? ” “It’s meaningless,” the health professional stated, with a shrug. He folded it and slipped it into his table. “Absolutely meaningless. indicates correct ventricular hypertrophy and left axis deviation. No feel in any respect. ” Black sighed. “I’d prefer to see it besides. ” “Jonathan,” stated the health care provider sternly, “you and that i either be aware of that it will simply disappointed you. and also you your self have informed me there aren't any signs. ” “Symptoms of what? ” “Right center failure. Edema, epigastric impulse, distended neck veins. ” “No,” Black acknowledged. “None. ” “Well then? You’ve spoke back your individual query. ” He smiled reassuringly. “But whereas I’ve obtained you the following, let’s do a chest movie. ” “Why? ” “Just to accomplish the image, of course,” the health care professional stated, consulting his dossier.

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