By Dan J. Marlowe
It wasn’t in any respect like Hazel to head off with no be aware to Drake. yet she did. He attempted calling her on the lodge, yet they stated she’d simply looked at. No, no messages.
Drake figured he’d higher perform a little checking on his own.
Which is why he went to work out Hazel’s company supervisor, Nate Pepperan, in Hudson. It have been Pepperman’s mobile name which had taken Hazel to Hudson within the first position. Nate could absolutely recognize the place she was.
But Nate wasn’t telling. How may perhaps he, together with his throat slit?
Operation Whiplash—a annoying, blood-pounding story of mayhem, homicide, and the Mafia with Drake, the guy with Nobody’s Face.
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