By Stephen Leather
Dan 'Spider' Shepherd sequence, booklet #3
While investigating a staff of people-traffickers…Dan Shepherd discovers a cross-Channel currency-smuggling operation. Posing as a low-level felony, Shepherd infiltrates the crowd, befriending its London squaddies and developing touch with the Albanian gangster who masterminds the enterprise from his swank Paris flat. As Shepherd quickly discovers, currency-smuggling isn't the one enterprise those men dabble in. With assistance from a central authority touch, they've been churning out pretend British passports, a rip-off that at last reveals Shepherd surrounded by way of Semtex and racing to foil a terrorist plot…The tale builds to a boil as Shepherd, piecing jointly the terrorists' plans as he is going, lands aboard a Paris-bound Eurostar educate with 4 suicide bombers as his fellow passengers. It's a grand finale that'll have readers on aspect. properly, and possible without difficulty, done." —Kirkus Reviews
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The four guards, carrying axes and iron pry rods, were jogging ahead, the gentleman in the formal suit puffing to keep up. ” Dickens cried to them. He squeezed the woman’s hand. Her pale fingers squeezed back, the first finger closing, opening, and then curling and closing again around his first fingers much as a newborn baby would instinctively but tentatively grasp its father’s hand. She said nothing, but Dickens heard her sigh from the shadows. It seemed almost a contented sound. He held her hand in both of his and prayed that she was not seriously injured.
Dickens could clearly see the grey-and-pink pulp glistening within the concave bowl of splintered skull. The fellow’s face was covered with blood, his eyes white orbs staring out through crimson rivulets. Dickens could think of nothing to do but offer the man some brandy from his flask. The mouth of the flask came away red from the man’s lips. Dickens helped him lie on the grass and then used the water in his top hat to clean the man’s face. ” asked Dickens. The man said only, “I am gone,” and died, the white eyes continuing to stare up at the sky from their bloody pools.
It was not enough to assuage Dickens’s fury. He cast the mother of his ten children out. He sent Charley, his eldest son, to live with Catherine. He kept the rest of the children to live with him at Tavistock House and eventually at Gad’s Hill Place. ) There was more to this scandal, of course—protests by Catherine’s parents, public retractions of those protests forced by Dickens and his solicitors, bullying and misleading public statements by the author, legal manoeuvrings, much terrible publicity, and a final and irrevocable legal separation forced on his wife.