By S. J. Rozan

P.I. invoice Smith is shipped on a excessive stakes chase while an electronically transformed voice on his cellular phone informs him that Lydia Chin, his occasional associate, has been abducted. Now if invoice desires to hold Lydia alive, he’ll need to play an tricky video game of the kidnapper’s devising. the 1st circulation sends him to an deserted construction the place invoice reveals the corpse of a small chinese language girl dressed like Lydia and the construction being quickly surrounded by way of police. Now invoice is at the run from the police officers and within the worst hassle of his very bothered lifestyles. With assistance from Lydia’s hacker cousin Linus, and Linus’s cohort Trella, invoice has not to basically remain one step sooner than the law enforcement officials, he has to discover the key in the back of the kidnapper’s id and the explanation he’s come after invoice, if he’s to arrive Lydia prior to it’s too past due.

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Maybe getting too close to me was a bad idea. Any number of people over the years would tell you that. And look at the trouble she was in now, trouble that wasn’t hers but would come down on her if I failed. Except I’d already failed. She was somewhere locked up with a lunatic, I had twelve hours to find her, and I didn’t have any idea how to begin. I stabbed my cigarette out. Focus! Christ, Smith, focus. I closed my eyes, opened them. All right, yes, I had one idea, one thin thread. Lydia’s phone.

The let-me-go part, I’ve heard. Now listen, you son of a bitch. I’m pissed off but I’m not unreasonable. Lei-lei was valuable. That means she had a value. ” Ming’s boot thudded into my hip, sent pain stabbing from my toe to my shoulder. The bone didn’t break only because he had no room to swing that sledgehammer leg. Lu studied my reaction. He seemed satisfied, settled back on the seat. “You owe me. Now, if you’re just a weirdo who kills girls for fun, that’s one thing. She was young, she had some years left, she was a good earner, but I’ll be honest with you, she wasn’t top of the line.

Oh, wait! I did! Didn’t I? ” “They weren’t my idea. ” “Why so defensive? Oh! I bet you think I’m mad! Well, it was a rule, wasn’t it? No cops? You think maybe I killed your girlfriend just now, because of all those the cops? Shot her? Sliced her up? Beat her brains out? Or maybe I did all three, and there was blood everywhere. Everywhere! Or maybe there wasn’t any blood, everything was neat and clean because I fed her rat poison on a spoon, like poor little Lei-lei. You think I did that? Do you?

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