A Maiden's Grave by Jeffery Deaver

By Jeffery Deaver

8 weak women and their helpless lecturers are compelled off a college bus and held hostage. The madman who has them at gunpoint has an easy plan: one hostage an hour will die until the calls for are met. known as to the scene is Arthur Potter, the FBI's top hostage negotiator. He has a plan. yet so does one of many hostages-a attractive instructor who is keen to do whatever to save lots of the lives of her scholars. Now, the clock is ticking as a chilling video game of cat and mouse starts.

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Handy locked two tellers in the cash cage and set the place on fire. It burned to the ground, killing them both. During the getaway the fourth robber was killed, Handy's girlfriend escaped, and Handy and Wilcox were arrested. " With an optical scanner LeBow had digitized mug shots of the three HTs and assembled them onto a single sheet of paper, showing front, side, and three-quarter views, highlighting distinguishing scars and characteristics. These were now spewing out of his laser printer. He distributed stacks to the people assembled in the van.

Arrest a reporter? We can't do that. Can we? I mean, look at 'em all out there now. " "Really, Arthur," Henderson began, "we don't want to do that, do we? " Potter smiled blandly at the SAC. He was thinking of a hundred other matters, sorting, calculating. "And no press choppers. Pete, could you get a couple Hueys down here from McConnell in Wichita? " LeBow said, "Time's awasting. " Potter said to Budd, "Oh, and we need a block of rooms at the nearest hotel. " "Days Inn. It's up the road four miles.

Mr. " No, no, go away! Not today. Today is special. It's my wedding anniversary. Twenty-three years. When you're as old as I am you'll understand. Leave. Me. Alone. "Mr. " The young men were interchangeable. He ignored one and thus he ignored both. He walked over the lawn toward his wife. Marian, he thought, I'm sorry for this. I've brought trouble with me. I am sorry. "Leave me alone," he whispered. And suddenly, as if they'd heard, both men stopped, these two somber men, in dark suits, with pale complexions.

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