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also by anthony e. zuiker
LEVEL 26: Dark Origins
LEVEL 26: Dark Prophecy
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Zuiker, Anthony E., 1968–
Dark revelations : a Level 26 thriller featuring Steve Dark / by Anthony E. Zuiker with
Duane Swierczynski. p. cm.
ISBN : 978-1-101-56309-0
I. Swierczynski, Duane. II. Title.
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To Uncle Denis Scinta, my biggest fan
t is well-known among law enforcement personnel that murderers can be categorized as belonging to one of twenty-five levels of evil,
from the naïve opportunists starting out at Level 1 to the organized, premeditated torture-murderers who inhabit Level 25.
What almost no one knows is that a new category of killer has emerged. And only one man is capable of stopping them.
Level 26 killers.
Whatever it takes.
LABYRINTH . . . ?
he homeless man sways back and forth, back and forth, on the street corner just across from the big gleaming white phallus of Los Angeles City Hall.
He’s either preparing to cross the street or keel over and die.
But he won’t die.
Not yet, anyway.
After a few moments he wipes his brow, hoists the box under his arm, then ambles across the street.
Watch him walk through the neatly designed plaza, enter the front doors of the gleaming new Police Administration Building, and make his way right up to the smooth polished wood partition of the security checkpoint.
The homeless man stands there and waits for a guard to see him, just as instructed.