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By Elmore Leonard

Jack Ryan regularly desired to play seasoned ball. yet he couldn't hit a curveball, so he grew to become his awareness to much less felony targets. a difficult man who likes jogging the razor's side, he's simply met his fit -- and extra -- in Nancy. She's a wealthy man's plaything, heavily into thrills and threat, and jointly she and Jack are natural warmth able to explode. but if uncomplicated burglary and housebreaking fall down to the lethal pursuit of a very great ranking, the stakes unexpectedly skyrocket. simply because violence and double-cross are the identify of this video game -- and it's going to take each ounce of crafty Jack and Nancy own to outlive . . . one another.

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The hell with him and what he notion. He used to be close to the swimming pool while Virginia Murray got here out of No. five. He observed her awaiting him and there has been not anything he may do approximately it. “Hi—I idea you have been going to mend my window. ” She used to be in her aqua bathing go well with. She had are available in from the pool, had noticeable Ryan, had wiped the oil from her face, and long gone out back. “Hey, I forgot—no, I didn’t put out of your mind, I simply couldn’t get to it at the present time. ” “Could you examine it now? ” Her determine was once alright. lovely stable, actually: great bazooms, reliable legs, now not too fats, yet sunburned and sore-looking; over every week the following and nonetheless sunburned. “Listen, i might yet I obtained to run. This individual is watching for me. ” He was once relocating away. “Tomorrow evidently, ok? ” She was once nodding as he grew to become and that was once the top of it. * * * He grew to become off the Shore highway and the winding force during the timber to outdated Pointe highway, then crept alongside till he observed the new-looking white two-story residence with the hooked up storage and well-kept shrubbery. The identify at the mailbox, R. J. Ritchie, made him hesitate. He hadn’t obtained a superb examine this part of the home final evening. they'd come round throughout the timber and he had waited by means of the storage whereas Nancy went in for the cord. He became Ritchie’s force slowly. “You’re overdue, Jackie. ” Her voice got here from above. From one of many second-floor home windows. He observed her now, leaning at the windowsill, taking a look down at him. “Walk in,” she stated. “The door’s open. ” She was once retaining whatever in her hand. Ryan pulled just about the storage and stopped. taking a look directly up now, he observed the gun. Nancy was once pointing it at him. eleven * * * RYAN WENT FROM THE KITCHEN into the lounge, taking his time as he appeared round, the appraiser getting the texture of where: the white partitions and the darkish wooden within the quiet of early night, the hardwood flooring and the Oriental rug and the iron stairway that got here up out of the lounge flooring and curved as soon as into the ceiling. The eating room, too, throughout the open doorway used to be white and darkish with a heavy desk and wrought iron issues at the wall. you would need to be a weight lifter to wash this position. He walked over to the den and appeared in. It used to be paneled, stained a gray-green with canvas chairs and massive blue and eco-friendly ashtrays. He wasn’t certain of the work; might be they have been alright, yet he couldn’t placed a value on them. the colour television he might get 100 and a part for. He got here again into the lounge to the sliding glass doorways alongside front wall. lower than, out earlier the solar deck, he might see the swimming pool and the garden. status towards the glass, he may see a part of the patio. He grew to become as Nancy got here down the stairs—brown legs and a straw handbag, then tan shorts and sweater and her darkish hair. She acknowledged, “Did you visit the hotel? ” It got here as a bit surprise feeling within him that he hadn’t long gone out to examine Ray’s searching resort, that he had forgotten all approximately it. “I didn’t have time. ” She stared at him a second and became away. “I obtained hung up with work,” Ryan acknowledged, following Nancy all the way down to the reduce point, to the actions room bar, then throughout the sliding monitor doorways out to the patio: Ryan watched her drop the handbag at the umbrella desk.

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