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By Robert Goddard
There is no such factor as effortless funds. As health care provider Edward Hammond is set to determine. 13 years in the past he played a existence saving operation on a Serbian gangster, Dragan Gazi. Gazi is now status trial for warfare crimes within the overseas courtroom within the Hague. After his existence was once kept, his males went directly to slaughter hundreds of thousands within the Balkan civil wars.
Now Gazi's family members wish extra from him: in trade for conserving Hammond's soiled little mystery, they need him to discover for them the fellow who holds the most important to all of the cash Gazi squirreled away sooner than he used to be locked up. yet Italian financier, Marco Piravani, does not are looking to be discovered, now not by means of Hammond, now not via an individual. No quicker has Hammond tracked him down, than Piravani has disappeared back.
His pursuit will take him first to the Hague, after which to Milan to discover the Italian, after which ultimately again to the scene of his crime, Belgrade, the place he needs to confront the selections he as soon as so simply took. in simple terms then will he have the ability to lay the prior to rest.
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What? ’ He questioned if he had misheard. yet he knew he had now not. And he was once commencing to doubt that their assembly was once any form of likelihood. ‘I want you to do anything for me. For my father. For my kinfolk. ’ ‘I don’t imagine i will be able to assist you. ’ ‘I haven't advised you what it really is but. ’ ‘No. yet, as you notice, I’m going away on vacation. ’ ‘No, surgeon. you need to remain right here. In England. ’ ‘I beg your pardon? ’ ‘I am sorry. ’ Hammond appeared her within the eye. ‘I rather can’t assist you. ’ ‘Will you no less than permit me inform you what i want you to do? ’ She touched his arm. ‘It won't take lengthy. simply take heed to me. Please. ’ Her smooth, pleading tone and the stirrings of interest inside him gained Hammond over. He might listen her out. after which he might flip her down. ‘All correct. inform me. ’ ‘As you recognize, my father is a wealthy man,’ she stated, reducing her voice and leaning in the direction of him until eventually she was once nearly whispering in his ear. ‘But his cash is hidden. It should be. The Serbian govt – and people – want to scouse borrow it from him. He wishes us – his kinfolk – to have it. it really is managed through a guy who used to paintings for him. We name him the Accountant. He lives the following. In London. He can free up the money to us. ’ ‘Ask him to, then. ’ ‘We have. yet he has no longer responded to our messages. i don't comprehend why. ’ ‘Go and notice him. ’ ‘I can't. i'm in all places. in the event that they figured out who the Accountant is, we'd lose every little thing. ’ ‘You’re being undefined? ’ Hammond glanced over his shoulder. nobody within the front room looked to be paying them the slightest realization. used to be the lady paranoid? ‘It is right, Dr Hammond. i'm secure the following, during this room, yet they have been on my tail so far as check-in and they'll have somebody anticipating me in Madrid. ’ ‘Seriously? ’ ‘If it used to be now not actual, i wouldn't need to ask you to touch the Accountant for me. ’ in order that they had come to the crux of the problem. She sought after him to behave as her courier that allows you to lay arms on her father’s funds, so much of which he had no doubt stolen within the first position. It used to be worse than Hammond may need imagined. And he had no goal of complying. He shook his head. ‘I’m sorry, but—’ ‘If you refuse, my father will say issues approximately you at his trial that you're going to no longer wish him to claim. ’ Her body spray used to be candy, gardenia-scented. used to be it simply in his mind's eye that there has been a tang of degradation, of loss of life, soaring at the back of it? He couldn't make sure. ‘Your father can say no matter what he likes. I’ve not anything to reproach myself for. ’ ‘He has instructed me, Dr Hammond. ’ Her expression used to be unflinchingly critical. ‘I recognize. ’ ‘What have you learnt? ’ ‘That a part of your cost for treating my father used to be the homicide of your spouse. ’ Hammond’s preliminary response to Ingrid Hurtado-Gazi’s strange assertion used to be such as an out-of-body adventure, other than that the dislocation was once temporal instead of spatial. He couldn't truly bear in mind while an individual had final pointed out the character of Kate’s loss of life to him. homicide in all its brutal fact bred a reticence that point basically entrenched. yet now, at Ingrid’s few phrases, he used to be transported again in his brain to the early months of 1996 and all of the chaos and anger and tragedy they had contained.