When a simple robbery turns deadly, the thieves close in on the only witness: Lucas Davenport's wife...
phone." "Give me the address ... Goddamnit, Lucas, you did this on purpose." "You can talk to the TV people," Lucas said. VIRGIL CALLED: "Listen, Weather woke up to go to the bathroom and saw what time it was, and came down, and I told her what happened. She said if I called a couple pals of mine from the St. Paul cops, they could come over ..." "No. Virgil. Stay there." THEY LEFT in a convoy of sixfour-wheelers, vans, and SUVs and one truck, eight SWAT guys and four unarmored
now, and we need to talk about this. We think there are some reasons for you to be worried." He wasn't sure she'd heard him, or understood him. She continued sobbing, then looked up and cried, "You're sure? Lyle?" Lucas said, "Yeah." His eyes drifted away from her, and he picked up several pieces of straw from the ice, twirled them in his fingers, and put them in his pocket. "Yeah, it's him." THEY GOT her inside, and somewhere along the way she stuttered, "We thought we might get married
"The question hasn't had time to metastasize. I figure the politically correct wolverines will be onto it pretty quick. They'll blab it all over the hospital, and I should have about six formal complaints and three answers by noon tomorrow." Weather said, "Oh my God." Lucas patted her on the leg and said, "Don't worry. If it works, we're golden. If it doesn't work, and there are too many complaints, we'll reprimand him and tell everybody he'll be required to go to sensitivity training. He's
Lucas asked. "Either operating or up in the observation room." They both stood up and Virgil said, "This way," and as they hurried back toward the elevators, they both reached down and touched their weapons. Lucas said, "He's maybe got hand grenades." "I was just thinking that," Virgil said. "Shoot first, ask questions later." WEATHER OPENED the operation as she did each day, moving fast now. Moving fast, she was in and out in ten minutes, laying bare the ring of bone that connected Ellen
Mack. Joe Mack continues to worry me." "He's gone, man," Cappy said. "I don't think even Joe is dumb enough to come back here, not after all this." BARAKAT FOLLOWED Cappy to the hospital, up into the ramp, and then past him to the physicians' parking, and into the hospital through a different entrance. Cappy would scout the hallways in his civilian clothes, and then stop by the closet for the scrubs. Cappy, Barakat thought, could become a problem. He would have to deal with that later, if