The Last Second: A Novella

By Robin Burcell

Covert agent Zachary Griffin and FBI particular Agent Sydney Fitzpatrick are sidetracked from an ongoing research to persist with up on a possible lead. In a small Arizona border city, gunrunning and drug trafficking into Mexico are part of the landscape—but no longer whilst they are orchestrated through an officer in uniform. not less than that is the tale informed to brokers Griffin and Fitzpatrick.

But the soiled cop is now lacking, and his sister says he is blameless, a sufferer of a corrupt police division. She is confident they set him as much as take the autumn, then killed him, and she or he can turn out it—with aid from a hugely strange witness. unexpectedly an open-and-shut case turns out something yet, and the clock is ticking as Griffin and Fitzpatrick tackle a whole police division in a dangerous fit that can pass up in smoke on the final second.

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Consistently so hot and fuzzy. ” He glanced at Sydney, then leaned again in his chair and pinned his gaze on Griffin. “There wasn’t not anything alleged approximately it. What occurred is that Officer Walker was once relocating them weapons from his condo right here on the town out to the McMahon estate so he may cover ’em. Or he would’ve if we hadn’t stuck him. And if that wasn’t undesirable adequate, Walker jumped bail, neglected court docket, and that tells me he most likely headed instantly to Mexico the place his cartel acquaintances are hiding him. Which makes him Mexico’s challenge, no longer mine.

Comparable here,” he stated, although he wasn’t being totally honest. He regarded over at her, wishing he may simply come correct out and say what he needed to say. a few secrets and techniques have been by no means intended to be divulged, and this used to be one. having said that, until eventually he instructed her, there might by no means be something among them. And if he did inform her? He knew definitely she’d go away. by no means glance again. The laughter left her eyes as she studied his face, it seems that sensing his fight. “So . . . what used to be it you desired to seek advice from me approximately? We’ve obtained a couple of minutes ahead of that helicopter will get the following.

By no means observed it coming. ” “Any proposal the place Quindlen’s operation relies out of? ” “Unfortunately no. however it can’t be too faraway from the following, simply because I see him on the town much. ” “Can you move slowly out, or will you wish aid? ” “I can do it. maybe now not quick . . . ” The sharp crack of gunfire echoed down the air shaft. The patrol officials have been taking photographs at Sydney. “Sorry. Gotta pass. ” Calvin, one arm resting at the dog’s again, nodded. “We’ll get there. ” Griffin ducked again into the passageway, moved quickly in the course of the tunnel.

Nope. ” “You see any pcs up there? ” The guy stopped, regarded round. “Not a one. The window’s open. She musta gotten out that method. ” “Let’s cross. We’ve spent adequate time right here. ” He moved to the window, regarded out, then lower back the way in which he got here, shutting off the sunshine ahead of heading downstairs. She didn’t dare circulate, slightly dared to respire, until eventually she heard the swoosh of the warehouse door because the intruders left. abruptly she felt ailing, the adrenaline beginning to flush from her process, and she or he slightly had the power to hold directly to the rafter.

Instantaneously? ” he acknowledged, greedy her hand tight and pulling her within the other way. “We run. ” concerning the writer ROBIN BURCELL is an FBI-­trained forensic artist who has labored in legislation enforcement for over twenty years as a police officer, detective, and hostage negotiator. A two-­time Anthony Award winner, she is the writer of 4 prior Sydney Fitzpatrick novels, Face of a Killer, The Bone Chamber, The darkish Hour, and The Black record, in addition to 4 novels that includes SFPD murder detective Kate Gillespie: each circulation She Makes, deadly fact, lethal Legacy, and chilly Case.

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