By James Patterson
The wildest mystery but from "one of America's so much influential authors" (New York Times)...Working as a lifeguard at a sumptuous Florida hotel, Ned Kelly meets the lady of his desires. It feels excellent in each way-except that she's used to caviar and Manolo Blahniks, and he is used to burgers and flip-flops.So while Ned's cousin deals to chop him in on a quick break-and-enter activity, Ned cannot flip it down. the chance is excessive, and the present is even greater-$5 million. however the theft is going devastatingly flawed. compelled to run clear of his city and the girl he is fallen in love with, Ned is familiar with that in simple terms distance and secrecy can shop his existence. yet who's pursuing him? The FBI? Whoever sabotaged the heist? Or is all of it one way or the other tied in to his new love-and his oldest enemies?
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I'll see it in her eyes. It was once transparent we weren’t headed the place she notion we have been. What was once I going to do? “Please, Ned,” she stated. “Don’t do whatever silly. There’s no wrong way. ” “There’s another means. ” I placed the van in park. I nodded—like pass on, out the door. “They’re going to discover you . . . ,” she acknowledged. “Today. day after today. You’re going to get your self killed. I’m critical, Ned. ” “Everything I informed you is correct, Ellie. ” I seemed into her eyes. “I didn’t do this stuff. and that i didn’t do a little different belongings you may perhaps ultimately pay attention approximately. Now, move on, get out. ” I popped the locks. I reached throughout her physique and flung open the door. “You’re creating a mistake,” Ellie acknowledged. “Don’t do that, Ned. ” “Well, you heard my tale. I’ve been making them for years. ” name it the Stockholm syndrome in opposite, yet I had grown a bit connected to big Agent Ellie Shurtleff. I knew she actually desired to aid me. She was once most likely the final, most sensible probability I had. So i used to be sorry to work out her cross. “Not a wrinkle on your outfits, similar to I promised. ” I smiled. “Be convinced and inform your accomplice that. ” Ellie checked out me, with a mixture of sadness and frustration. She slid out of the van. “Answer me one question,” I stated. “What’s that? ” She stood, me. “How come you weren’t donning an ankle weapon, should you have been within the box? ” “My department,” she stated, “it doesn’t demand it. ” “What division is that? ” I checked out her, harassed. “Art Theft,” Agent Shurtleff spoke back. “I was once following up at the work, Ned. ” I blinked. It used to be kind of like terrific Marvin Hagler had surprised me with a quick correct to the chin. “I’m approximately handy my existence over to an FBI agent and she’s in artwork robbery? Jesus, Ned, are you able to ever get it correct? ” “You nonetheless could,” Ellie acknowledged, status there, having a look particularly unhappy. “Good-bye, Ellie Shurtleff,” I informed her. “I need to admit, you have been lovely rattling courageous. You by no means idea i used to be going to shoot you, did you? ” “No. ” Ellie shook her head. I stuck her smile. “Your gun. It’s been on protection the entire time. ” half 3 GACHET bankruptcy 34 “I DON’T imagine he did it, George! ” Ellie stated into the speakerphone. “Not the murders, besides. ” The FBI quandary crew in Boston had simply debriefed her approximately her ordeal. probably she used to be a bit out of her league, yet she informed them what she observed. That this Kelly was once no killer. simply an individual in far more than his head who panicked. That till his photograph flashed all of sudden at the television, she was once convinced she used to be approximately to get him to come back in. Now, within the local director’s convention room in Boston, she was once in a position to report to her boss within the Florida workplace. “You consider how the neighborhood police stated alarms have been going off all over the place city on the time of the robbery, George? That’s what he did. He didn’t kill these humans or take the paintings. He trigger the alarms. ” “Sounds such as you obtained beautiful comfortable on your time together,” Moretti acknowledged. “What’s that imagined to suggest? ” Ellie requested. “I don’t comprehend, simply that it sort of feels you have been capable of choose up loads concerning the man. Heisted a motor vehicle jointly, exchanged lifestyles tales.