By Derek Haas
Columbus has retired. Or so he thinks. He and his lover, Risina, a mysterious rare-book broker, have fled to a tiny Italian coastal village the place not anyone understands their names. And but Columbus has hassle letting pass.
His paranoia is justified while, someday, he notices a suspicious guy following him, and inside of days he is again in Chicago tring to figureout why his previous fence has been abducted and even perhaps killed. The ransom notice left in the back of calls for Columbus via identify . . .
The Silver undergo needs to now sever this final hyperlink along with his darkish prior if he and Risina are to ever have wish at a brand new lifestyles. but Risina turns out to teach a extraordinary knoack for the kill herself . . . and maybe there will not be an opportunity for turning again.
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It shouldn’t be suspicious; but if I were looking for a reason to kidnap a fence, I’d start with the jobs he instigated himself. ” “Archie didn’t have a problem with her. Like I said . . ” I set the file aside and plow into the next one. An hour goes by with no further anomalies, no red flags waving at me. Shaky clients called off a few hits before the assassinations took place, but this is not uncommon. Clients buckle under the weight of what they’ve set into motion, and they’ll pay extra to cancel the order, trying to salvage their conscience, afraid to wake up with blood on their hands.
She opens the first file and burrows into it like a mole. I watch for a moment, thinking about that first time I saw her on the Via Poli in Rome, surrounded by all those austere books. This is a different kind of reading—a long way from Dickens and Walpole and Dante—but compelling just the same. After a moment of watching her, I pull a file off the top of my stack and get to work. The first few files are typical assignments: eight-week jobs in various corners of the country. One shooter was assigned to each, and the jobs were all completed on time.
Over a year. After his sister died, he came back to Chicago a bit lost. ” Ruby. His sister’s name was Ruby, and she was one of the good ones. I had a real fondness for her; I like to think we were cut from the same cloth. Then Ruby had caught a bullet in that mess in Italy two years ago that made me want to leave the game forever. And here it was, all coming back. ” “Not missing. Taken. ” He shifts to reach into his pants pocket and withdraws a single sheet of paper, folded into quarters, then hands it over without the slightest hesitation.