By James Patterson
The 1st booklet IN JAMES PATTERSON'S number one BESTSELLING MICHAEL BENNETT SERIES!
During a country funeral for a loved former First woman in long island City's biggest cathedral, the unthinkable happens. Armed males disguised as clergymen grab the church and seal themselves within, besides multiple hundred of the main robust humans in the United States. The captives comprise international leaders, actors, television stars, athletes, and politicians, and the abductors are armed with adequate C4 explosives to blow a crater in the course of ny.
NYPD officer Michael Bennett is pulled into the standoff as lead negotiator. regardless of the escalating chance, Michael faces an excellent extra terrifying predicament at domestic. His spouse has been clinically determined with a devastating illness, and Michael faces the chance of wasting the affection of his existence and having to elevate their ten young children by myself. together with his personal existence teetering and the lives of hundreds of thousands unexpectedly his accountability, Michael struggles to diffuse the demanding scenario quick. but the abductors' strikes are most unlikely to foretell, and so they block each try to holiday into the cathedralmost as though they're aware about their deliberations.
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Do you've a clue? ” Henri requested excitedly, and that i lifted the bag of “evidence. ” I slammed the locker with a powerful bang. “Very hardly, Hank,” I stated. bankruptcy 50 IN HER DREAM, Laura Winston, the style magazine–dubbed “Fashion Queen of the recent Millennium,” was once out at the lake at Ralph Lauren’s property in northern Westchester. She used to be mendacity on my own in a canoe wearing a sheet of white muslin, and she or he used to be floating underneath a sky of vivid, unending blue. The boat skimmed alongside the shore underneath the boughs of a stand of cherry blossom timber, and a snowfall of falling white petals, high quality as angel eyelids, softly landed on her face, her throat, her breasts. while she attempted to sit up straight within the canoe, she learned that the muslin used to be wrapped tightly round her hands. She used to be lifeless and in her funeral boat, she realized—and she started to scream. Laura Winston woke with a commence and banged her head demanding at the wood arm of the church pew she’d propped it opposed to. there has been a heavy clop-clop of booted ft, and ski-masked males with bandoliers of grenades strapped around the entrance in their brown gowns handed slowly up the guts aisle of the chapel. What an fool, she suggestion. without delay, if she had properly begged off the funeral, she’d be thirty thousand toes above the South Caribbean in a Gulf 4, banking towards her twenty-one-million-dollar French Renaissance palace in St. Bart’s to place the completing touches on her New Year’s Eve social gathering. Giorgio, Donatella, Ralph, and Miuccia had already RSVP’d. as an alternative, she had overlooked that little voice, her prudent internal survivor that had piped up simply the evening sooner than: Hel-lo! High-profile NYC occasion, neon bull’s-eye terrorist aim. remain away! after which, in fact, there has been that different little mystery voice that was once simply commencing to hot up its dry, agonizing pipes. She used to be out of her drugs. The OxyContin had initially been prescribed for a lower-back tennis harm. A month later, after studying that her healthcare professional used to be greater than keen to maintain prescribing, she used to be taking them together with her multivitamins. the last word power strengthen, the last word pressure eraser. Laura didn’t are looking to admit it, yet for approximately the final hour or so, she’d been jonesing. It had occurred as soon as sooner than on a shoot that had long past an afternoon over in Morocco. The withdrawal had began like a tiny itch in her blood. quickly the itch bought a lot worse, and he or she had all started throwing up. After dry heaving for an hour or so, she couldn’t cease shaking. After ten hours, she might have gladly pulled out her personal hair to make it cease. She’d controlled to outlive that episode with part a bottle of Valium mercifully given to her by way of the photographer. yet now, right here, she had not anything. perhaps many of the others had whatever, she proposal speedy. those Hollywood forms have been identified for his or her Dr. Feelgood prescriptions. She may with politeness inquire, couldn’t she? They have been all within the similar boat. proportion and percentage alike. No! she concept, shuddering. Her “Itness” was once all she had. To lose it used to be easily unacceptable. nobody may learn about her “hillbilly heroin” habit.