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By John Sandford

A filthy rich banker is useless, shot as soon as within the chest in the course of a looking journey. there are numerous purposes for him to be killed, and lots of those that could do the deed. yet who did?  Lucas Davenport has an concept. yet this regimen homicide research is set to show into whatever assorted. A cat-and-mouse video game with a killer who doesn't hesitate to take the struggle to Lucas himself. and people he loves…

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Busted,’’ Lucas acknowledged. ‘‘Better cross over to Cretin then, it’s larger lit and you’ll hit a few university child in case you run like this on Mississippi. ’’ Lucas grunted, downshifted and slid via a nook, punched the auto blocks all the way down to Cretin, missed the cease signal and minimize around the highway in entrance of a small Chevy van and gunned it back; Sherrill braced herself and requested, ‘‘How undesirable is she? ’’ ‘‘She’s bad,’’ Lucas acknowledged. ‘‘Take her to Ramsey? ’’ ‘‘Yeah. ’’ ‘‘They notify Minneapolis? ’’ ‘‘That was once one of many nuns on the place of dwelling calling, one other buddy. ’’ They clipped the pink mild at Grand road, slightly beat the crimson at Summit, got here up in the back of a line of automobiles, and Lucas threw the Porsche into the oncoming lane, whipped by way of a half-dozen automobiles. ‘‘She was once simply calling simply because she knew I’d need to know. ’’ ‘‘Better name Sloan or Del,’’ she stated, digging a mobile phone out of her handbag. ‘‘This is the second one run at you. till we determine what’s occurring, the remainder of the fellows should be aware of. ’’ Lucas risked a look at her: she used to be sitting very easily within the passenger seat, one hand ahead to brace herself, the opposite hand operating the cellular phone. She was once calm and composed, might be a mild red flush to her face. He regarded to front back, ran the purple mild at Randolph, burned prior the golfing direction, and dove down the ramp onto I-94. They made a four-and-a-half-minute run to Ramsey scientific middle; Sherrill connected with Sloan one minute down the line, stuffed him in. ‘‘Tell him to discover Andi Manette’s domestic mobilephone quantity and contact her,’’ Lucas stated. ‘‘Weather’s staying with the Manettes. inform climate approximately it. She and Elle are lovely tight. ’’ Sherrill handed the note, clicked off the telephone, checked out the speedometer. ‘‘That all you will get out of this factor? ’’ ‘‘No,’’ he acknowledged, and the needle climbed via a hundred and twenty. She watched his face for a moment—a brick, a stone— then appeared out on the automobiles flicking by means of. great point, she inspiration, that she hadn’t pushed. She’d by no means moved this quick on a automobile that didn’t have a stewardess. LUCAS DUMPED THE PORSCHE IN AN AMBULANCESONLY sector they usually banged into the emergency room. A startled nurse grew to become towards them from the reception table, and Lucas stated, ‘‘I’m Deputy Police leader Lucas Davenport from Minneapolis and a nun named Elle Kruger was once introduced in right here . . . ’’ ‘‘Yes, certain, she’s in X ray, she simply came, the medical professionals are working—’’ ‘‘Where? ’’ ‘‘Sir, I can’t allow you to go—’’ ‘‘Where? ’’ He shouted it at her, and he or she stepped again and a pair of male white-coated orderlies began down the corridor towards the table. ‘‘Hold it,’’ Sherrill acknowledged. ‘‘Miss, are you able to let us know who the medical professional responsible is? Jim Dunaway? ’’ ‘‘No, Larry Simone . . . ’’ ‘‘Okay, he’s a pal of mine. might you inform him leader Davenport and Detective Sherrill are right here asking approximately . . . ’’ ‘‘Sister Mary Joseph. Elle Kruger,’’ Lucas stated. ‘‘I’ll be correct again. ’’ because the nurse all started down the corridor, waving off the orderlies, a skinny, ill-tempered guy caught his head within the door and referred to as, ‘‘Hey, whose automobile is that this out the following?

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