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I'd gotten almost as bad from John Alderdyce the night Mary Ann went missing. He didn't buy my story that she hadn't told me anything anyone could use, but he knew it wasn't worth anything anyway. I'd refused to wear a wire, and he knew as well as I did it wouldn't work. He'd trained her himself. Jack Henderson—“Hawkeye” they called him at 1300—never asked why he'd been recruited for the job, and on orders from the inspector never told anyone else. Maybe his wife; but any woman who's stayed with a cop fifteen years is as hard to crack as a Navy SEAL.

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Mary Ann must have been prepared, with a go bag packed, passport and all. When the feds searched her office and apartment, all they found was her service piece. She made it as far as Nova Scotia, where the FBI met her before she could board an international flight. She didn't resist. They tagged her with misappropriation of funds. There might have been something in it, although I doubt she ever thought she'd have to make good on that ten thousand. But they could keep building on that and keep her in Camp Cupcake for twenty years.

Boris Ataman drew life without parole for the hit-and-run killing of Roy Thompson, Yuri Yako's would-be accuser. That story vanished between the six and eleven

They hung the Yako murder on two brothers named Kobolov, heavy lifters for the Ukrainian mob, who'd gone back to Kiev. Extradition proceedings are pending; Barry keeps me posted on that, not that I care.

Ray Henty left the department six months after our last conversation to take a job as head of security for a national hotel chain. He advertised the Fairlane for sale on Craigslist. The sheriff promoted Benteen, the detective Henty had inherited from the Iroquois Heights Police Department, to acting lieutenant to fill his post. The poison was rooted too deep in that city to snuff out. It was already wearing through the new coat of paint.

The last time I saw Don Gates's smiling face, it was vanishing behind a sleek gray Lincoln being pasted up in big square sheets to advertise a new dealership. One ear and part of his chin was all that was left.

Somewhere in there my phone rang and a female voice—warm, middle-register—used my first name. My heart made a happy little lurch, as if the past several weeks hadn't happened, like when you dream; but she was in federal custody, not likely to make bail, and in any case wouldn't waste a call on a work-related acquaintance. That's all I was when it came down to the nuts and bolts, never mind that it was one of the longest relationships in my history, marriage included. The caller was an old girlfriend. She had a friend applying for an investigator's job with Reliance, a big firm with offices in Detroit, Birmingham, Chicago, and San Francisco, and he needed as many references as he could get. I told her anything I had to say would only harm his chances. After thirty seconds she agreed. I never heard from her again. I barely remembered her anyway. She'd only remembered me because of the association.

Hanging up, I felt blue. I wanted a drink; but I hadn't had any liquor in the house or office in ten days, hadn't been to a bar, and had swept the medicine cabinet of pills, including a couple of dusty Advils in the bottom of a bottle. I went out for a cup of coffee instead, which turned out to be a mistake. I sleep soundly when I sleep at all, and the caffeine didn't help. I was running out of substances to abuse.

Several times I thought about calling Jeannie Miernik, the therapist in Redford Township, purely for social purposes; but I never got past the first digit. I'd seen too many episodes of
The Sopranos
to think that would work out.

I'd gone straight from Henty's house to Amelie Gates's, where I gave her as much as I thought she could handle; some of it was green-stamped, and she didn't have to know about Florence Melville. She let me talk to Michel then, with her in the room. I told the boy his father had died in defense of his country. That was enough, for ten years old. In a couple of years, when he started asking questions, it would be his mother who would have to answer them. I got the better part of that deal.



I'd like to thank Richard Perlberg and Jeannie Miernik for donating their names to this book in the cause of literacy. Any resemblance beyond those names is purely unintentional.

Books by Loren D. Estleman


Motor City Blue

Angel Eyes

The Midnight Man

The Glass Highway


Every Brilliant Eye

Lady Yesterday


Silent Thunder

Sweet Women Lie

Never Street

The Witchfinder

The Hours of the Virgin

A Smile on the Face of the Tiger

Sinister Heights

Poison Blonde


Nicotine Kiss

American Detective

The Left-Handed Dollar

Infernal Angels

Burning Midnight

Don't Look for Me

You Know Who Killed Me






Whiskey River


King of the Corner




Thunder City


Kill Zone

Roses Are Dead

Any Man's Death

Something Borrowed, Something Black

Little Black Dress


The Oklahoma Punk

Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes


Gas City

Journey of the Dead

The Rocky Mountain Moving Picture Association

Roy & Lillie: A Love Story

The Confessions of Al Capone


The High Rocks

Stamping Ground

Murdock's Law

The Stranglers

City of Widows

White Desert

Port Hazard

The Book of Murdock


The Hider

Aces & Eights

The Wolfer

Mister St. John

This Old Bill

Gun Man

Bloody Season

Sudden Country

Billy Gashade

The Master Executioner

Black Powder, White Smoke

The Undertaker's Wife

The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion

The Branch and the Scaffold

Ragtime Cowboys


The Wister Trace

Writing the Popular Novel


Published by Tom Doherty Associates



Loren D. Estleman is the author of more than seventy novels. Some of his many honors include four Shamus Awards, five Spur Awards, and three Western Heritage Awards. He lives in Michigan with his wife, author Deborah Morgan.



This is a work of fiction. All of the characters, organizations, and events portrayed in this novel are either products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously.




Copyright © 2014 by Loren D. Estleman


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ISBN 978-0-7653-3735-1 (hardcover)

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First Edition: December 2014

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