By J. A. Jance

The homicide of an ex-drug broker ex-con—gunned down on his mother's doorstep—seems simply one other turf conflict fatality. Why then has Seattle murder investigator J.P. Beaumont been prompt to maintain this project hush-hush? in the meantime, Beau's lover and fellow cop, Mel Soames, is excited about her personal personal research. Registered intercourse offenders from in every single place Washington kingdom are death at an alarming rate—and now not all as a result of usual causes.

A city the dimensions of Seattle holds its fair proportion of brutal crime, corruption, and soiled little secrets and techniques. but if the separate trails they're following start to shockingly intertwine, Beau and Mel become aware of that they have got stumbled onto whatever higher and extra scary than they anticipated—a lethal conspiracy that's top them to lofty areas they need to no longer input . . . and should no longer be allowed to go away alive.

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Only Emmenberger understood and did not hesitate to act. He examined the Lucerner, disinfected his pocketknife in the boiling water on the stove, and then performed a cut we call a trache­ otomy, which in emergencies sometimes has to be per­ formed; it involves making a cut above the larynx in order to get an air passage. The operation wasn’t what was so terrifying, Hans—it had to be done with a pocketknife. No, the horror was in something different—some­ thing that took place between those two, in their faces.

The whole German population had turned into a criminal affair. But nobody remembered Nehle, for there was nobody that could remember. His crimes would have remained unknown if Life hadn’t carried the picture of a skillful and masterly operation, with the little flaw that it was executed without anesthe­ sia. Humanity felt properly enraged, and so they started to look. ” Barlach asked in­ nocently. ” Barlach shot up and stared, surprised, into the Jew ’s face. Gulliver does know more than the police, he thought, shaken.

The even­ ing sun, which sank before we reached the hut, made the scene all the more frightful, since a strange deep-red light settled for an almost unbearable length of time on this empty world of ice and stone. It was a deathly illumi­ nation, tinting our faces and hands, an illumination ap­ propriate for a planet that revolves around the sun at a far greater distance than ours. “ Like hunted animals we stormed into the hut. Its door was unlocked. The inside was poor and bare, fur­ nished with nothing more than a few bunks.

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