The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid

By Val McDermid

Stephanie Harker is traveling via O'Hare airport with five-year-old Jimmy while she is stopped at a safety checkpoint. open air, Jimmy is led away by way of a uniformed officer. Stephanie's panic leads protection to think she is a hazard, whereas the kid disappears into the gap. while Stephanie has an opportunity to inform her tale, kinfolk secrets and techniques emerge that lie on the middle of a story of demise, deception and the intense lengths to which a father or mother will visit safeguard their baby.

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Its covers were tattered and brittle, the hardwood boards inside the tooled leather bindings peeking out from the corners. He had it open, exposing its first page. It was bare, except for a large, brown-and­ purple stain in its bottom right corner—the result of a bacterial attack— and a title in its center: Registrum Pauperes Commilitones Christi Templique Salomonis. The Registry of the Templars. “This is the one,” the professor insisted, turning the pages with careful strokes. Most of its linen-based paper leaves seemed to be covered with blocks of prose, written in a cursive Blackletter script.

The archivist looked at him through confused, jittery eyes. “What . . ” Reilly put a comforting hand on the man’s shoulder. “You just blacked out there for a second. ” He wasn’t enjoying the lie. Bescondi looked lost, visibly trying to make sense of the situation. Reilly knew he wouldn’t remember anything—not yet, anyway. But he would. And soon. “Stay there,” Reilly told him. ” The archivist nodded. Reilly shot Sharafi a “let’s-go” flick of the head, his eyes darting dis­ creetly to the codex he was carrying.

So here’s what we’ll do,” Reilly said. “You want the book. I want Tess. In one piece. So we trade. ” The bomber shook his head, a mock apology on his face. “Can’t do that. I’m not sure it’s safe for me to go down there right now, you know what I mean? No, you’ll have to go get her yourself. So how about this instead. The book, for her location. ” His word. Reilly mashed his teeth. He knew he had no choice. “And that phone you’re holding,” he added. The bomber thought about it for a brief moment, then shrugged.

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