By Laurie R. King
Acclaimed as probably the most unique abilities to emerge within the final decade, award-winning writer Laurie R. King returns to Folly Island to convey her so much lovely fulfillment yet--a breathtaking novel of suspense that explores the very essence of excellent and evil.
Allen Carmichael got here again from Vietnam an entire life ago--but simply now was once he able to go back domestic. For years, he’s lived at the fringes of the legislation, utilizing a soldier’s abilities to maintain watch over these too younger to protect themselves. a few examine him not anything yet a kidnapper for hire--the top within the enterprise; others name him a hero. His area of expertise has been rescuing little ones from abusive mom and dad and escorting them to loving houses. yet after twenty-five years, he's able to tackle his ultimate case--a case that can spoil him.
The boy’s identify is Jamie: He believes his father goes to kill him. Allen is confident that the twelve-year-old is correct and devises a method to avoid wasting him. His final activity performed, Allen heads again to Folly Island, the place he plans to settle right into a quiet lifestyles. yet now not lengthy after his go back, a small aircraft piloted through the boy’s father’s crashes, forsaking debris--but no physique. Now it really is as much as Allen to unravel even if Jamie’s father is useless or alive--and to ensure Jamie himself remains out of harm’s manner. yet a chain of ominous occasions leads Allen to query even if Jamie’s father is admittedly the enemy in spite of everything. Or if the genuine hazard is way extra unspeakable...and the killer unimaginable.
Riveting, harrowing, and unforgettable, Keeping Watch takes mental suspense to its such a lot dizzying heights and proves back why Laurie R. King has been known as via either readers and critics an undisputed grasp of suspense.
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It was a scary thing in a big jungle. But after the bullet, nobody called Allen the fuckin’ new guy, not in his hearing. Chapter 6 THE PLATOON WENT THE REST OF THAT DAY WITHOUT SEEING SIGN OF ANY living creature at all apart from bugs, birds, and a handful of mildewing deer droppings. The scattered gray pellets struck Allen as the most bizarre thing he’d seen all day: What the hell was a deer doing walking around in a place where men were trying to murder one another? They reached the LZ that evening without incident and lifted out cleanly.
As a kid and in basic, Ricardo had been known as Flowers. ”— and it looked like it was going to stick. “You should’ve told them your name was Rick, not Ricardo,” Allen said now, as if they’d been discussing the topic, which they hadn’t. ” Allen wondered aloud, when the bus had rumbled into life and driven away from the resultant diesel cloud. ” Flores stood to peer through the mesh at the two slim, swaying figures in long pale dresses and wide-brimmed hats, walking the garbagestrewn roadside in front of a row of shacks made of cardboard and reed.
At the door, the heat slammed into them as if they had stepped into the world’s largest steam bath, followed closely by the ungodly stench, an oily burning shit-smell that instantly made the eyes stream with disbelief. Allen gagged, swore, and the boy behind him nudged his arm to continue down the flight of steps. At the bottom, the heat beating off the softened tarmac was overwhelming, and as Allen shouldered his duffel and joined the olive-green ant-stream flowing in the direction of the nearest shade, he wondered, for the first time, what the hell he was doing here.