By Carla Neggers
On what's alleged to be a quiet lengthy weekend in New Hampshire, Deputy U.S. Marshal Mackenzie Stewart is viciously attacked on the lakefront cottage of her good friend, federal pass judgement on Bernadette Peacham. Mackenzie fends off her attacker, yet he manages to flee. every little thing indicates he's a deranged drifter--until FBI exact agent Andrew Rook arrives.
With Rook, Mackenzie broke her personal rule to not become involved with somebody in legislations enforcement, yet she understands he isn't up from Washington, D.C., to set issues immediately among them. He's on a case.
As the search for the mysterious attacker keeps, the case takes an unforeseen flip while Mackenzie follows Rook again to Washington and unearths that Bernadette's former mentor, a once-powerful, now-disgraced pass judgement on who has been offering Rook with details, has long gone lacking. Mackenzie and Rook observe the stakes are greater than both had imagined, and a grasp legal with not anything left to lose is ready to gamble everything.
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What had I actually promised to do here? I thought about Ali’s exact words: “Don’t go to the bar tonight. ” Well, this wasn’t a bar, was it? It was a wooded area behind a high school. Sure, I might be defying the intent of the law, but not the letter. And the letter was key here. “Let’s do this,” I said. The six of us started toward the woods. Win practically skipped. About twenty yards into the trees, there was an opening. The ground was littered with cigarette butts and beer cans. High school.
I had hoped to breeze through but three other flights had just landed and there was a logjam. The line snaked through roped-off areas Disney World-style. It moved fast. The agents were mostly just waving people through, giving each passport little more than a cursory glance. When it was my turn, the female immigration officer looked at my passport, then at my face, then back at the passport, then back at me. Her eyes lingered. I smiled at her, keeping the Bolitar Charm setting on Low. I didn’t want the poor woman disrobing right there at customs.
My rage dissipated all at once. Coach Bobby was on his knees now, cradling his nose as if it were a wounded animal. I looked down at him. It amazed me how much a beaten man looks like a little boy. “Let me help you,” I said. Blood poured from his nose through his fingers. ” “You need to put pressure on that. ” I was about to say something in my defense, but I felt a hand on my shoulder. It was Win. He shook his head as if to say, No use. He was right. We left the woods without another word. When I got home an hour later, there were two voice mails.
Abandon by Carla Neggers