The explosive was in place beneath the back veranda of the house. The charge set.
Agent Art Benkman slid behind the garden wall that surrounded the pool and house and waited.
No mistakes this time. His superior wouldn’t tolerate another near miss. It had been made clear that Black must be destroyed. He was a monster who knew too much.
No, he’d seen Paul Black go into the house an hour ago. It was the best time for the kill. Only one person in the house besides that son of a bitch. A housekeeper who occupied the end bedroom of the rambling bungalow. He’d seen her light go out two hours ago. She’d be asleep by now.
No one would survive this blast. He’d had to be sure.
The flames from the blast would probably reach the top of those palm trees hovering over the roof.
“I’ve got you, Black,” he murmured. “Burn in—”
He was flipped over and was looking up at the man who had sent the needle- sharp stiletto deep into his back.
Black. But it couldn’t be Paul Black. He was in the house.
No, he was here. That dark, devil’s face . . .
“Who sent you?” Black asked. “Who told you I was here?” He was searching in Benkman’s pockets, pulling out his wallet and the e-mail that he’d received two days ago. He glanced at it and smiled. “Very explicit. And you obeyed blindly like a good agent? Never mind. You don’t have to answer. I don’t need you now.”
“Kill you . . .” Benkman whispered. “I have to—”
“Die,” Black supplied as he picked up Benkman as if he were a child. “That’s all you have to do.” He was carrying him over to the house. “How do you feel about cremation?”
“No!” He started to struggle as panic overcame pain. “Don’t leave me here. It’s going to—”
“Blow?” Black dropped him on the floor of the great room. “In about forty seconds.” He looked down at him. “Why don’t you see if you can make it through the French doors and out onto the terrace? You might survive then.” He turned and strolled out of the house.
Benkman rolled over and started to crawl toward the French doors.
The blood was pouring out of the wound as he moved.
The blood was slippery . . .
He was dying.
No, he’d be okay. He was always okay. He just had to get out of this damn house.
So slow. He was moving so slow.
He reached the French doors. Now crawl out onto the veranda. He was almost there . . .
And then he saw Black standing by the garden wall and watching him. He was smiling.
He tapped his watch.
Too late, Benkman realized frantically. He was too late. Time had run out.
“Don’t leave me!” he howled. “Get me out of—”
The house exploded and became an inferno.
From EVE by Iris Johansen, copyright © 2011 by Johansen Publishing LLLP, and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press, LLC
In Eve, #1 bestselling author Iris Johansen answers questions long haunting her legions of fans.
Eve Duncan’s mission as a forensic sculptor is to bring closure to families of missing children, even though the body of her own daughter, Bonnie, has never been found. But now CIA agent Catherine Ling has new information about a man from Eve’s past. Could John Gallo be the missing piece to the puzzle that has haunted Eve’s every waking moment? According to Catherine, he was in Atlanta when Bonnie disappeared. But Eve can’t believe the man she once found impossible to resist could be such a monster. As Johansen explores Eve’s early life, long-guarded secrets will leave fans hungering for the next book in this electrifying trilogy.
Hardcover Book : 256 pages
Publisher: St. Martins Press, LLC ( April 19, 2011 )
Item #: 13-330585
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.58inches
Product Weight: 11.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Got hooked from the start. Great writing. Great plot. I recommend reading this series. Can't wait to get more books from her.
I started reading and got hooked. I had not realized that this was the first book of three. I loved how your brought into the story that you actually feel like your standing there and watching it happen. I can't wait to finishing reading Quinn and then reading Bonnie. I would love to see these books made into movies.
This is a Great Read, It finally explains Eve's younger years.
Now you need to read Quinn & Bonnie.
Excellent books, Super fast reads.
Love All Miss Johansen Books!!
So what's not to like about Eve Duncan? Ms. Johansen is great. I've read both Eve & Quinn and it was great to learn more their backgrounds and how they came to be. Right now, I'm a little over halfway w/Bonnie.
I have a mental picture of each character; it would be awesome to see this story in a movie. Don't know who I'd choose to play each character, but to take the story from when Eve met John Gallo to the conclusion of Bonnie. How cool would that be?!
Ms. Johansen is another author that sucks you right in before you've even finished the first page. She makes the story come alive. I've read almost every book she's written and enjoyed them all. Thanks again for all your hard work & talent.
Reviewer: Conni S
This series of books by Iris Johanson ROCKS. I too do not want the story to end. There has to be more!!