Dance of Death

By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

One a best FBI agent.
The different an excellent, twisted criminal.

An timeless hatred among them.

Now, an ideal crime.

And the final word challenge:
Stop me for those who can...

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And there’s anything extra. The 3rd guy to die was once Michael Decker, an previous FBI affiliate of mine. i discovered Mike’s physique the day before today, in his Washington condominium. He were killed with an outdated bayonet. The modus operandi used to be a nod to ancestor of mine, who died in a truly comparable type as an officer in Napoleon’s military, throughout the Russian crusade of 1812. ” Constance shivered. “What involved me used to be the weapon itself. Constance, that bayonet got here from the collections of this very condo. ” She iced over for a second because the implications of this sank domestic. “The chasepot or the lebel? ” she requested faintly, nearly automatically. “The chasepot. It had the initials P. S. P. engraved onto the quillon. relatively unmistakable. ” yet Constance didn't answer. Her alert, clever eyes had sharpened, deepened, with worry. “Diogenes has stumbled on front to this condominium. doubtless that was once the message he meant to convey to me with that specific bayonet. ” “I comprehend. ” “You’re nonetheless more secure inside this residence than with out, and for now you're not in Diogenes’s attractions. Proctor right here has stumbled on and sealed the weakness in which Diogenes entered, and as you recognize, this mansion has been hardened opposed to intruders in lots of methods. Proctor should be endlessly vigilant, and he's extra bold than he appears. nonetheless, you need to be on consistent safeguard. it is a very previous and big condominium. It has a superb many secrets and techniques. you recognize these secrets and techniques greater than an individual. persist with your instincts. in the event that they let you know anything isn't really correct, soften into these recesses of the home that purely you recognize. Be prepared at a moment’s observe. And until eventually we will once more believe secure from this risk, i would like you to sleep in that mystery area the place you first concealed from me and from Wren. ” At this, Constance’s eyes went vast and wild. She clutched at Pendergast. “No! ” she cried passionately. “No, I don’t ever are looking to return there back! ” Pendergast instantly positioned his hands round her. “Constance—” “You know the way it jogs my memory of that point! The darkish areas, the bad issues . . . I don’t desire to be reminded, ever back! ” “Constance, hearken to me. You’ll be secure there. and that i can’t do what has to be refrained from figuring out you’re secure. ” Constance didn't reply, and Pendergast pressed her extra tightly. “Will you promise me that? ” She laid her brow opposed to his chest. “Aloysius,” she stated, her voice breaking. “It used to be quite a few months in the past we sat within the library, upstairs. You learn to me from the newspapers. Do you consider? ” Pendergast nodded. “I was once commencing to understand. I felt like a swimmer, coming to the outside after being goodbye underwater. i need that back. I don’t are looking to move . . . to move down back. You do comprehend, don’t you, Aloysius? ” Pendergast caressed her brown hair lightly. “Yes, I comprehend. And every thing may be as you will have it, Constance. you'll get greater, I promise. yet we needs to get via this primary. Will you support me do this? ” She nodded. Slowly, Pendergast reduced his palms. Then he took her brow among his palms and, bringing her shut, kissed it lightly.

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