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“Now it was simply a matter of presenting the evidence to PanTech and collecting my check.”
“By then, Jack Mercier had already commenced his moves against the Fellowship, recruiting Ober, Beck, and Epstein to his cause, but Grace couldn't have known that, because it was more than Deborah Mercier would have been willing to tell her.”
“It didn't look like the kind of car a man of Carter Paragon's stature would drive, so maybe it was what Ms. Torrance used to get around when she wasn't chauffeuring her charge.”
“The man at whom Marilyn Hyde had simply looked for a second too long and who had, it was believed, bled her to death for his own pleasure, had returned to the hidden place from which he came.”
“While Action Jackson Salemme and Baby Shanks Manocchio of whom it was once said that if there were any flies on him, they were paying rent ostensibly jostled for control of the outfit, each dogged by surveillance and whispered rumors that one or both of them could be informing for the feds, Al Z tried to restore stability behind the scenes, dispensing advice and impartial discipline in roughly equal measures.”
“Or perhaps it was because I recalled this man eating an ice cream on a cool morning, his lips sucking busily away like a spider draining a fly, watching me as I drove down Portland Street.”
“Marine 4 turned to the south and came around so that it was on the yacht's eastern side, its lines silhouetted before the failing sun.”
“Boothbay Harbor used to be a pretty nice place thirty years ago, when it was little more than a fishing village.”
“Lutz's fingers tapped briefly on his belt, but it was the only indication he gave that his calm might be under threat.”
“As I drove down to Higgins Beach to meet her, my stomach felt like it was slowly being crushed in a vise.”
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