By Robert Ellis
It was once a fresh kill -- the gorgeous blonde with the damaged neck submerged underneath the murky, churning waters of the Potomac. however it wouldn't finish there...
Three weeks prior to a vital senatorial election, a guy is gunned down execution-style in a D.C. place of work. Police are speedy to name it a case of theft long gone undesirable, yet Frank Miles suspects whatever way more sinister at the back of the homicide of his company partner.
Washington's so much feared photo maker, Frank's ruthless media manipulation has earned him numerous admirers...and simply as many enemies. Now, for the 1st time in his existence, Frank's met his fit in a shadowy schemer as shrewdpermanent as himself--but way more lethal.
As the physique count number rises, Frank turns into the U.S. Attorney's leader suspect--and a crafty killer's subsequent objective. From the underground tunnels networking Capitol Hill to the dome excessive above, Frank's race for the truth--and his life--will deliver him face-to-face with strength at its deadliest extremes--where profitable isn't everything...it's the one thing.
With his debut novel, L.A. instances bestselling writer Robert Ellis increases the stakes in a heart-pounding mystery set in Washington that feels so within and so twisted it reeks of the darkest fact.
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Go on. ’ He tried a smile but didn’t get one in return this time. ’ Horton stared at her tired elfin features. This he hadn’t expected. ’ She eyed him disdainfully. He shouldn’t have asked. It was what Uckfield must have said. He’d obviously gone down in Dr Clayton’s estimation, which wasn’t a very pleasant thought. His mind went back to the scene. Was there anywhere near where Owen’s body had been found that could have harboured a killer who had shot him as he walked past? There was a café – closed this time of year, a handful of very large houses – mostly divided up into holiday flats, some holiday caravans and beach huts, all facing the sea, again some distance away, and mostly empty.
He should leave him behind. But he couldn’t. He knew Thea would never forgive him. With Bengal under his right arm, and sitting on the window ledge facing on to the garden, he reached across his body with his left hand Blood on the Sand 31 for the drainpipe, grabbed it, praying that it would hold, and then eased the rest of his body over the sill whilst somehow managing to slide Bengal between his chest and the wall and wrap his other hand around the drainpipe. Scrambling, sliding, stumbling, he fell down the drainpipe until Bengal slipped from his body and Horton rolled on to the ground.
Yes, that was possible, and it fitted. And the killer had missed Carlsson once, so he had tried again and this time he had succeeded. Of course, that didn’t account for how Thea had known where to find her brother’s body, discounting the psychic bit. Horton reached for his mobile and called Cantelli. The briefing would be over by now and Horton was keen to get an update. ’ he asked when Cantelli came on the line. ‘Still in my throat. ’ Cantelli groaned. ’ ‘Yeah, I reckon I’ll just about keep that down.
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