By James Patterson

ALEX move HAS WASHINGTON, D.C.
THE WOMEN'S homicide membership HAS SAN FRANCISCO.

DETECTIVE MICHAEL BENNETT HAS ALL of recent YORK CITY-CHAOS CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.

Best case: Survival
The son of 1 of recent York's wealthiest households is snatched off the road and held hostage. yet this kidnapper isn't really difficult funds. in its place, he quizzes his prisoner at the rate others pay for his lifetime of luxurious . . . and unsuitable solutions are fatal.

Worst case: Death
Detective Michael Bennett heads the research. With ten children of his personal, he cannot comprehend what could lead on anyone to focus on anyone's childrens. whilst one other pupil from a robust kinfolk disappears, the FBI sends in its best abduction professional: Agent Emily Parker. Bennett's activity and love existence unexpectedly get much more complicated.

This case: Detective Michael Bennett is on it
Before Bennett has an opportunity to protest the FBI's intrusion on his case, the killer mastermind alterations his regimen. His plan leads as much as the main devastating demonstration yet-one that may deliver cataclysmic spoil to each inch of latest York urban.

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I yelled into it. “What tale? ” my grandfather Seamus acknowledged. “Actually, who cares? Did you inform her but? ” “Tell who what? ” “Mary Catherine, ya eedjit! See, I knew you’d fail to remember. And with MC in any such riled knot of overdue. Does the music ‘Happy Birthday’ strike a chord, Detective? ” “Holy sh—… ugar,” I acknowledged. “No. I forgot. ” Eedjit used to be correct! i assumed. I’d blown this one big-time. i'll no less than have introduced her again a muffin or whatever. What might Mary Catherine throw out of mine subsequent? I puzzled. i wished to handle the placement, and pronto. I heard the tea kettle begin to boil within the kitchen. perhaps I nonetheless had a shot. “I’m in all places it, Father,” I stated, putting up. Mary used to be taking a mug down from the cupboard simply contained in the kitchen door. “Mary. There you are,” I acknowledged, amazing her with a hug. “Happy birthday! ” I stated as merrily as i may and went to plant a kiss on her cheek. yet because it became out, i used to be the one that bought the shock current. Mary Catherine grew to become her head, and our lips locked. at the start, I pulled again as though I’d been Tasered, yet then, ahead of I knew it, my hand chanced on the again of her neck and we have been, good, making out will be the distinctive expression. Mary’s unheeded mug slid off the counter and shattered. i assume you'll name it lovely hot-and-heavy making out. “Mary Catherine! ” Chrissy known as a moment later simply outdoor the kitchen door. Mary virtually broke my nostril as she ripped herself clear of me. Her face used to be not less than twenty colours redder than her strawberry-blond hair. My face felt love it was once on fireplace. I couldn’t appear to shut my mouth. “Goddamn you, Mike,” she acknowledged sooner than she fled out the entrance. used to be she crying? Why was once she crying? i used to be having difficulty adequate respiring. I heard the corridor rest room door slam a moment later. i used to be nonetheless status there, brain-locked and blinking, while Chrissy got here in. “Where’s MC? ” she acknowledged. “I’m unsure. I broke a mug, Chrissy. may possibly you get me the dustpan? ” bankruptcy 70 i used to be DOWN on my arms and knees, dazed and sweeping up, whilst my phone rattled. “Hey, Mike,” Agent Parker stated. “Get down the following. i've got information. I’m correct open air your development. ” “Thank God,” I stated, dumping the final of the shards into the rubbish. “I suggest, on my method! ” I quick hollered, “I’m off to paintings, ’bye, Mary,” as I handed the still-closed rest room door. used to be that the appropriate factor to do? I wasn’t yes. I’d by no means made out with my young ones’ nanny prior to. I wiped the lip gloss off my chin within the elevator replicate at the method all the way down to the road. nonetheless tasting it, I reflected what the heck had simply occurred and the way I felt approximately it. Like i wanted whatever else on my plate at this juncture. “Goddamn you, Mike. ” bankruptcy seventy one I CLIMBED INTO Emily’s double-parked Crown Vic. She used to be donning a brand new white silk shirt and modern beige skirt go well with. With the case dragging on, she should have performed a few procuring, i noticed. used to be it me, or was once the shirt exhibiting a few lovely great cleavage? I wiped my eyes. What the hell used to be taking place to me? “Feeling ok there, Mike? ” “Never better,” I acknowledged, smiling.

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