By Robert Ellis
It used to be a fresh kill -- the attractive blonde with the damaged neck submerged underneath the murky, churning waters of the Potomac. however it wouldn't finish there...
Three weeks sooner than a vital senatorial election, a guy is gunned down execution-style in a D.C. place of work. Police are fast to name it a case of theft long gone undesirable, yet Frank Miles suspects anything way more sinister at the back of the homicide of his company partner.
Washington's so much feared photo maker, Frank's ruthless media manipulation has earned him numerous admirers...and simply as many enemies. Now, for the 1st time in his existence, Frank's met his fit in a shadowy schemer as shrewdpermanent as himself--but way more lethal.
As the physique count number rises, Frank turns into the U.S. Attorney's leader suspect--and a crafty killer's subsequent goal. From the underground tunnels networking Capitol Hill to the dome excessive above, Frank's race for the truth--and his life--will deliver him face-to-face with energy at its deadliest extremes--where successful isn't everything...it's the single thing.
With his debut novel, L.A. occasions bestselling writer Robert Ellis increases the stakes in a heart-pounding mystery set in Washington that feels so inside of and so twisted it reeks of the darkest fact.
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The madman's bullet had circled along Damian's ribs, cracking at least one, before burying itself in the musculature around the shoulder blade--too deep for amateur excavation. Had it been the left arm, Holmes might have risked it, but Damian was an artist, a right-handed artist, an artist whose technique required precise motions with the most delicate control. Digging through muscle and nerve for a piece of lead could turn the lad into a former artist. Were Watson here, Holmes would permit his old friend to take out his scalpel, even considering the faint hand tremor he'd seen the last time they had met.
Except that Mycroft's grey job was that of eminence grise of the British Empire. He inhabited the shadowy world of Intelligence, but he belonged neither to the domestic Secret Service nor to the international Secret Intelligence Service. Instead, he had shaped his own department within the walls of Treasury, one that ran parallel to both the domestic branch and the SIS. After forty years, his power was formidable. If I stopped to think about it, such unchecked authority in one individual's hands would scare me witless, even though I had made use of it more than once.
No: A painter robbed of his technique could form another life for himself; a man driven insane by confinement could not. If they found no help in Wick, he might have to turn surgeon. The thought made his gut run cold. Not the surgery itself--he'd done worse--but the idea of Damian's expression when he tried to control a brush, and could not. Imagine: Sherlock Holmes dodging responsibility. Standing over his son's form, he became aware of the most peculiar sensation, disturbingly primitive and almost entirely foreign.