By Jeffery Deaver
8 susceptible ladies and their helpless academics are compelled off a faculty bus and held hostage. The madman who has them at gunpoint has an easy plan: one hostage an hour will die until the calls for are met. known as to the scene is Arthur Potter, the FBI's top hostage negotiator. He has a plan. yet so does one of many hostages-a attractive instructor who is keen to do whatever to avoid wasting the lives of her scholars. Now, the clock is ticking as a chilling video game of cat and mouse starts.
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I usually give statements 'bout incidents around here if somebody's got to. " "No. I want you with me. Delegate it. " Henderson interrupted. "This is a federal operation, Arthur. " "No, I want somebody state and without much rank. That way we'll keep the press in the tent, waiting. They'll be expecting somebody with the answers to show up. " "Well, I don't exactly know who'd be good at it," Budd said uncertainly, looking out the window, as if a trooper resembling Dan Rather might just wander past.
His lips moved. He received responses only because he knew her mind as well as his own. But the presence of the men in the matching suits kept intruding. Finally he rose slowly and looked at the marble flower etched into the granite above her tombstone. He'd ordered a rose but the flower looked like a chrysanthemum. Perhaps the stonecarver had been Japanese. There was no point in delaying any longer. "Mr. " He sighed and turned away from the grave. "I'm Special Agent McGovern. " "Sorry to trouble you, sir.
She thought immediately of the actor in the Kansas State Theater of the Deaf who had played Brutus in a recent production ofJulius Caesar . He pushed inside and carefully placed two heavy canvas bags on the floor. The door swung shut and once the ashen light vanished she could see his pale eyes and thin mouth. Melanie saw Bear say, "Why… here, man? " Then, as if she could hear perfectly, Brutus's words sounded clearly in her mind, the phantom voice that deaf people hear sometimes—a human voice yet with no real human sound.
A Maiden's Grave by Jeffery Deaver