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It had been months since Kyle Craig had killed a man. Once upon a time, he’d been the type who needed everything yesterday, if not sooner. But no more. if years of hellish solitude in ADX Florence in Colorado had taught him nothing else, it was how to wait for what he wanted.
He sat patiently in the foyer of his quarry’s Miami apartment, weapon cradled on his lap, watching the lights of the harbor and biding his time. He was in no particular hurry, enjoying the view, maybe finally learning to enjoy life. He certainly looked relaxed —faded jeans, sandals, a T-shirt that said CONSIDER THIS FAIR WARNING.
At 2:12 a.m., a key sounded in the lock. Kyle immediately rose to his feet and pressed his back against the wall, hanging there as silently as a piece of art.
The man of the hour, max Siegel, was whistling as he came in. Kyle recognized the melody, an old snatch from his childhood. it was from Peter and the Wolf. The strings section —Peter’s hunting theme. Ironically enough.
He waited for Mr. Siegel to close the door behind him and take a few more steps into the still-dark apartment. Then Kyle leveled his red laser site and squeezed the trigger. “Hello, Mr. Siegel,” he said. “Good to meet you.”
A stream of electrically charged saline solution hit Siegel squarely in the back, carrying fifty thousand volts with it. He grunted between clenched teeth. His shoulders seized up just before his body went completely rigid, and he fell like a tree to the floor.
Kyle didn’t hesitate for a second. He quickly slipped a nylon cord across Siegel’s throat, wound it around three times, and started to drag him in a small circle to sop up the saline solution on the floor, then yanked him straight through the apartment toward the master bath in the back. Siegel was too weak to struggle. Whatever effort he could muster was spent on the cord itself, trying not to be strangled.
“Don’t fight me,” Kyle said finally. “There’s no point in it.”
In the bathroom, Kyle lifted him into the oversize tub and tied off the ends of the cord to one of the chrome fixtures. It wasn’t necessary, physically speaking, but it kept Siegel’s head up where Kyle could see his face.
“You probably don’t even know about these, do you?” he said, holding up the strange gun he’d carried in. “i know you’ve been underground awhile, but trust me, they’re going to be huge.”
The thing looked like a Super Soaker, which it kind of was. Regular Tasers could go for thirty seconds at best. This baby could run and run, thanks to a two-gallon wearable water pack strapped to his back.
“What...do you want?” Siegel finally choked out in response to the madness.
Kyle withdrew a small Canon digital camera from his pocket and started taking pictures. Full face, left profile, right profile.
“I know who you are, Agent Siegel. Let’s start there, okay?”
Excerpt of CROSS FIRE granted with permission by Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY. Copyright © 2010 by James Patterson
Cross Fire, Patterson’s most exciting Alex Cross novel ever, finds the detective forced to put his wedding plans on hold when he’s called to the scene of the assassination of a dirty congressman and an underhanded lobbyist. Next, the elusive gunman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories—is the marksman a hero or a vigilante?
The case explodes, and the FBI assigns agent Max Siegel to the investigation. As Alex and Siegel battle over jurisdiction, the murders continue. But as he contends with the sniper, Siegel and the wedding, Alex receives a call from his deadliest adversary, Kyle Craig. The Mastermind is in D.C. and will not relent until he has eliminated Cross and his family for good.
Large Print Hardcover Book : 512 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group Usa ( November 15, 2010 )
Item #: 13-153002
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.15inches
Product Weight: 17.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Enjoyed. Kept you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Well worth the time to read.
Reviewer: Barbara E
This is fast-paced as is usual for the Alex Cross thrillers, but this one is gripping. It talks hold of you from the beginning and doesn't let go. You are almost afraid not to finish it in one reading because the story seems so real. In agreement with what another reviewer said, let Kyle Craig remain gone.
A must have for Patterson fans....I loved it, a one day
read, couldn't put it down.
Thank you Mr. Patterson....AND dont resurect KC!!!