Cold Pursuit by T. Jefferson Parker

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Nothing. On his twenty-second birthday he was behind the Las Flores Hotel getting beaten by four Arellano Felix cartel heavies. That was the one time he got blown. They kicked his balls halfway up his stomach. " "Sure, we know about all that," said Huzara, taking off his glasses to inspect a lens. " asked Bland. " "Tom," said Bland, "did Jimmy ever tell you about any of this? " "No, sir. " asked Robb. " Everybody smiled except for Robb. " Silence, then, while Robb checked her tape recorder, Bland leaned back and crossed his hands behind his head, Huzara stared at McMichael.

We," said Hector. " "Yes. Sure. " "Friends," said Hector with a smile. McMichael watched her watch Paz. " "Fine. He was always fine. Alert. Strong for his age. " "He disliked a lot of people. And a lot of people disliked him. " McMichael watched her reflection in the picture window and saw that she was watching his. The first small drops of rain skidded down the glass. " "I think so. " "We'll get prints off the handle," said Paz. " She stared out at the storm-swept bay, but said nothing. " McMichael asked.

He watched the storm but he thought of Johnny and Steff and wondered how he'd managed to lose so much so fast. Seven years of marriage and a perfect son— one gone forever, the other down to Wednesday nights and weekends. A different kind of storm. • • • "McMichael and Paz, Ms. Rainwater. " It was ten-fifteen and the sky was almost black now. A river of water poured from the eaves of the cottage, forcing McMichael and Paz to pick a side or get drenched. They had moved up close to the barely opened door.

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