By Harlan Coben

When the 1st bullet hit my chest, i assumed of my daughter...

 

Dr. Marc Seidman has been shot two times, his spouse has been murdered, and his six-month-old daughter has been abducted. while he will get the ransom note-he understands he has just one likelihood to get this correct. yet there's nowhere he can flip and not anyone he can trust.

 

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May the abductors run, panic, do anything rash? there has been anything else right here that I can be contemplating: Did I nonetheless belief Rachel? these pictures had shaken my religion. I didn’t comprehend what to think anymore. yet in any case, I had no selection yet to regard these doubts as a distraction. i wished to target one target. Tara. What could provide me the easiest probability of checking out what particularly occurred to her? “How badly damage are you? ” I requested. “We can do that, Marc. ” “I’m on my method, then. ” I hung up and checked out Zia. “You need to support me get out of the following. ” Tickner and Regan sat within the medical professionals’ living room down the corridor. A front room appeared a wierd identify for this threadbare living with an excessive amount of gentle and a rabbit-ear television set. there has been a minifridge within the nook. Tickner had opened it. there have been brown-bag lunches in it, either with names written on them. It reminded him of undemanding college. Tickner collapsed on a sofa with completely no springs. “I imagine we must always arrest him now. ” Regan stated not anything. “You have been particularly quiet in there, Bob. anything in your brain? ” Regan began scratching the soul patch. “What Seidman stated. ” “What approximately it? ” “Don’t you think that he had some extent? ” “You suggest that stuff approximately him being blameless? ” “Yes. ” “No, not likely. you purchase it? ” “I don’t know,” Regan acknowledged. “I suggest, why might he struggle through all this with the cash? He couldn’t have identified we’d find out about that CD and judge to trace him with E-ZPass and locate him at citadel Tryon Park. or even if he had, why wade through all that? Why bounce on a relocating motor vehicle? Christ, he’s fortunate he wasn’t killed. back. Which brings us again to the unique capturing and our unique challenge. If he and Rachel generators did this jointly, why used to be he approximately killed? ” Regan shook his head. “There are too many holes. ” “Which we're filling in a single via one,” Tickner acknowledged. Regan made a yes-no with a head tilt. “Look at what number we plugged at the present time via studying approximately Rachel Mills’s involvement,” Tickner acknowledged. “We simply have to get her in right here and sweat them either. ” Regan seemed off back. Tickner shook his head. “What now? ” “The damaged window. ” “The one on the crime scene? ” “Yeah. ” “What approximately it? ” Regan sat up. “Play besides me, ok? Let’s return to the unique murder-kidnapping. ” “At the Seidman apartment? ” “Right. ” “Okay, pass. ” “The window was once damaged from the outside,” Regan acknowledged. “That might be how the perp received access to the home. ” “Or,” Tickner extra, “Dr. Seidman broke the window to throw us off. ” “Or he had an companion do it. ” “Right. ” “But both method, Dr. Seidman might were in at the damaged window, correct? If he was once concerned, I suggest. ” “Where are you going with this? ” “Just stick with me, Lloyd. we expect Seidman was once concerned. Ergo, Seidman knew that the window were damaged to make it seem like, I don’t understand, a random break-in. Agreed? ” “I wager. ” Regan smiled. “Then how come he by no means pointed out the damaged window? ” “What? ” “Read his assertion. He recalls consuming a granola bar and then—bam—nothing. No sound. nobody sneaking up on him.

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