A Maiden's Grave by Jeffery Deaver

By Jeffery Deaver

8 susceptible ladies and their helpless lecturers are pressured off a college bus and held hostage. The madman who has them at gunpoint has an easy plan: one hostage an hour will die until the calls for are met. referred to as to the scene is Arthur Potter, the FBI's most sensible hostage negotiator. He has a plan. yet so does one of many hostages-a attractive instructor who is keen to do something to avoid wasting the lives of her scholars. Now, the clock is ticking as a chilling video game of cat and mouse starts.

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Itold them to stay down. They're not paying attention. Keep them down behind the cars. Tell them Handy's killed officers before. " LeBow typed and read the screen. He said, "All indictments have involved at least one firearms count. He's shot four individuals, killed two of them. Fort Dix, M-16 training, he consistently shot low nineties on the range. " "There you have it," Potter told Budd. " A light flashed toward them. Potter blinked and saw, in the distance, a combine had just turned on its lights.

Potter asked Derek. " 'Deed we do, sir," said Derek, immensely proud of Kansas technology. The trooper pointed to a small door. Potter stepped inside and put on an armor vest beneath his dress shirt, which he then replaced. He knotted his tie carefully and pulled on his navy-blue sports coat once again. He noted that there was very little slack on the draw strap of the Second Chance vest but in his present state of mind his weight had virtually ceased to trouble him. Stepping outside into the cool afternoon, he took the black megaphone from Henderson and, crouching, hurried through a winding path between hills and squad cars, telling the troopers, eager and young most of them, to holster their pistols and stay under cover.

Look what we have here, Henry. " "My. And a river to catch fish in. " "The river? The Arkansas," Budd said, with the emphasis on the second syllable. "Takes me back to my youth," LeBow offered. At Potter's request Henderson returned to his car to radio the FBI resident agency in Wichita and find out when Tobe Geller and Angie Scapello would arrive. Potter, LeBow, and Budd climbed into the van. LeBow shook Derek's hand then opened his satchels, extracting two laptop computers. He turned them on, plugged them into a wall socket, and then connected a small laser printer.

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