By Andrew Vachss
TO:UNIT three Chicago
TARGET: Shadowy hunter-killer groups, ID'ed through signature kills around the globe. Identifiable in basic terms by way of skull-spine elimination from sufferers. No witnesses, no forensics, no specific race special. On infrequent events, scraps of what seem to be cards chanced on at homicide sites.
OBJECTIVE: find and trap any member of such groups. has to be taken alive for research and observation.
AUTHORIZATION licensed to be used of out of doors CONTRACTOR: person ID'ed basically as "Cross" and his workforce. A natural mercenary outfit, renowned all through felony underworld--no within informants on hand. Ruthless, undeterred through probability, rumored by no means to fail, yet in no way to be depended on. No identified political or social aim, yet has confirmed treacherous whilst retained via executive within the past.
UPDATE: pass and his crew declare to have pointed out a development to the signature-kills, and think they could expect a drawing close strike. they're ready to in my opinion confront-and-capture, yet monetary association on my own now not enough. What you describe as a "Get Out of reformatory Free" card is hereby licensed
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Here, Mr. Avery,” Kedder said. ” He looked over the console they had cleared for him. “Good. What I’m going to do is link to the RI at Phylaxis and start load-sharing. ” Kedder frowned, glancing over his shoulder. ” “Sort of. ” Derec hesitated. ” “Just that . . well, a lot of people blame the RI for what happened—a lot of people here. I’m just not sure how they’d feel about going back to one—” “Look. As I understand it, you need one to operate efﬁciently. ” “Mainly ﬂight control—” “Fine. Then let me get this set up.
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Blackjack: A Cross Novel by Andrew Vachss