The Essential Jack Reacher 10-Book Bundle: Persuader, The Enemy, One Shot, The Hard Way, Bad Luck and Trouble, Nothing to Lose, Gone Tomorrow, 61 Hours, Worth Dying For, The Affair (Jack Reacher)
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THE HARD WAY
BAD LUCK AND TROUBLE
NOTHING TO LOSE
WORTH DYING FOR
I thought they were going to give me a hard time about Paulie. But they weren’t. “Angel Doll is missing,” Beck said. I stood still. The wind was blowing in off the ocean. The lazy swell was gone and the waves were as big and noisy as they had been on the first evening. There was spray in the air. “He spoke with you last thing,” Beck said. “Then he locked up and left and he hasn’t been seen since. ” “What did he want with you? ” Duke asked. “I don’t know,” I said. “You don’t know? You were in there five minutes.
So they were from a state that doesn’t require a front license plate. That narrows it down a little, I guess. ” I said nothing. A long moment later he shook his head. “Information is in very short supply,” he said. “An associate of mine contacted the police department down there, in a roundabout way. One town cop is dead, one college cop is dead, two unexplained strangers in a Lincoln Town Car are dead, and two unexplained strangers in a Toyota pickup truck are dead. The only surviving eyewitness is a second college cop, and he’s still unconscious after a car wreck nearly five miles away.
She stayed quiet. One minute. Two. Then she looked straight back at me. A brand-new thought. “What about your shoes? ” she said. I shook my head. “Same thing,” I said. “They’re getting used to me. It would be a leap to start seeing me as something else. ” “It’s still a big risk. ” I shrugged. “Beck gave me a Beretta M9,” I said. “So I’ll wait and see. If he bends down to take a look I’ll shoot him through the middle of the forehead. ” “But he’s just a businessman, right? Basically? Would he really do bad stuff to Teresa without knowing she was a threat to his business?
Not an office, not a study, not a family room. I covered every inch with the flashlight beam. There was no television in there. No desk, no computer. It was just a room, simply furnished in an old-fashioned style. There were heavy velvet drapes pulled across the window. There was a big armchair padded with buttoned red leather. There was a glass-fronted collector’s cabinet. And rugs. They were three-deep on the floor. I checked my watch. It was nearly one o’clock. I had been on the loose for nearly an hour.
Our boys aren’t anywhere in Hartford. But they’re supposed to have some country place a little ways south and east. Duke figures that’s where they’re holed up. So that’s where we’re going. ” “What are we going to do when we get there? ” “Nothing spectacular,” Beck said. “We don’t need to make a big deal out of it. Nothing neat, nothing fancy. Situation like this, I favor just mowing them down. An impression of inevitability, you know? But casual. Like you mess with me, then punishment is definitely swift and certain, but not like I’m in a sweat about it.