Private Games

By James Patterson

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Private, the world's most famed research company, has been commissioned to supply safety for the 2012 Olympic video games in London. Its brokers are the neatest, quickest, and such a lot technologically complicated on the planet, and four hundred of them were transferred to London to guard greater than 10,000 rivals who symbolize greater than two hundred countries.

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The beginning rite is hours away whilst deepest investigator and unmarried father of twins, Peter Knight, is named to the scene of a ruthless homicide. A high-ranking member of the video games' organizing committee has been killed. it truly is transparent to Peter that this wasn't a criminal offense of ardour, yet one among designated calculation and execution.

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Newspaper reporter Karen Pope gets a letter from somebody who calls himself Cronus claiming accountability for the murders. He offers to revive the Olympics to their historical glory and to wreck all those that have corrupted the video games with lies, corruption, and greed. instantly, Karen hires deepest to envision the letter, and she or he and Peter discover a legal genius who will not cease until eventually he is thoroughly destroyed the fashionable video games.

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Then she leaped to her toes and bolted for the door, choking out the phrases, “For God’s sake flip it off! It’s giving me migraines! It’s making me ill! ” Knight jumped to his ft and went out after Farrell, who clopped at excessive velocity down the corridor prior to barging into the women’ room. “That trigger whatever big,” Pope stated. She’d arise in the back of him. “Uh-huh,” Knight acknowledged, going again into the workplace and heading instantly to the classics professor’s table whereas plucking a small proof bag from his pocket. He grew to become the bag within out earlier than picking out up one of many hairpins that had fallen sooner than Farrell bolted. He wrapped the bag round the pin after which drew it out ahead of shedding it again at the table. “What are you doing? ” Pope demanded in a whisper. Knight sealed the bag, murmured, “Hooligan says the hair pattern from the envelope used to be from a feminine. ” He heard anyone coming near near the workplace, slid the bag into his inside of jacket pocket, and sat down. Pope stood and was once having a look towards the door whilst one other lady, a lot more youthful than Farrell yet with an analogous loss of model feel, acknowledged, “Sorry. I’m Nina Langor, Professor Farrell’s examine assistant. ” “Is she o.k.? ” Pope requested. “She acknowledged she’s struggling with a migraine and going domestic. She stated if you’ll name her on Monday or Tuesday, she’ll clarify. ” “Explain what? ” Knight demanded. Nina Langor seemed bewildered. “I in truth do not know. I’ve by no means obvious her act like that prior to. ” bankruptcy 24 TEN mins LATER, Knight Pope up the steps into One Aldwych, trying to the resort doorman he’d spoken with previous and getting a nod. Knight slipped the doorman a ten-pound notice and Pope towards the muffled sounds of chuffed voices. “That track received to Farrell,” Pope stated. “She’d heard it ahead of. ” “I agree,” Knight acknowledged. “It threw her difficult. ” “Is it attainable she’s Cronus? ” Pope requested. “And makes use of the identify to make us imagine she’s a guy? yes. Why no longer? ” They entered the hotel’s dramatic foyer Bar, which was once triangular healthy and had a hovering vaulted ceiling, a faded polished limestone flooring, floor-to-ceiling home windows, and intimate clusters of good furnishings. within the comparable means that the Beaufort Bar on the Savoy inn up the road used to be approximately glamour, the foyer Bar was once approximately funds. One Aldwych was once as regards to London’s monetary district, and exuded adequate company beauty to make it a magnet for thirsty bankers, flush investors, and celebrating deal-doers. there have been 40 or fifty such buyers within the bar, yet Knight noticed Richard Guilder, Sir Denton’s company accomplice, shortly: he used to be a chunky, silver-haired boar of a guy in a gloomy go well with, sitting by myself on the bar at the a ways facet of the room, shoulders hunched. “Let me do the speaking at first,” Knight stated. “Why? ” Pope snapped. “Because i'm a girl? ” “How many allegedly corrupt tycoons have you ever chatted up in recent years at the activities beat? ” he requested coolly. The reporter grudgingly made a express of getting him prepared the ground. Sir Denton’s associate used to be staring off into the abyss.

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