Death In Freedom by Blake Banner – An Omega Thriller (Omega Series Book 14)
English | 2019 | Mystery/Thriller | ePUB |287 Kb
Death In Freedom : It should have been a simple drive, from Malaga Cove in LA , to Weston, outside Boston. But it didn’t work out that way.
Maybe it was because Lacklan had his mind on the plans he’d been discussing with Jim Redbeard in Los Angeles, plans to assassinate high ranking Russian and Chinese officials – the last remaining members of the Omega cabal; or maybe it was because he was thinking about Marni, shot in the stomach in Oxford as they were planning to make their life together. Or maybe it was just the deep, dark Wyoming night, but whatever it was, something made Lacklan turn left, when he should have turned right.
And left took him high into the hills, among the deep pine forests, to the town of Freedom. Freedom, where every house had a white picket fence. Freedom, where the streets were clean and everybody smiled. Freedom, where they’d had the same mayor and the same town council for almost fifty years. Freedom, where there was zero crime…
He planned to stay the night at Missy’s hotel, while the local garage charged up his car. He was, after all, on the clock, with an important appointment to keep. But when he witnessed the local school teacher being arrested and beaten for teaching that the world was round, everything changed. Lacklan decided to stay…
“It was a forty hour drive and I did the whole thing like an automaton, driving by the numbers, barely aware of my environment or what was going on around me. I kept my eye on the mirror and on the sky, to make sure I was not being followed, and I slept twice for four hours. Otherwise, the journey passed in a kind of blur.
At ten o’clock on Friday night, I pulled up outside his house on Paseo de la Playa, at Malaga Cove, and killed the engine. As I climbed out of the car, Jim came down the garden path to greet me. Behind him, warm light was spilling from his open door into the dark garden, silhouetting the palms and the yuccas that fronted his house. In the background, there was the heavy sigh of the ocean at the foot of the cliff.
He took my hand and slapped me on the shoulder. “I’m glad you came.”
I slung my bag over my shoulder and closed the trunk.
“I didn’t have much choice.”
“You could use a drink.”
“Yeah, I could at that.” I walked past him, up the path to the door. “Is Njal here?”
“No.” He followed after me. “He doesn’t believe you should be here.” I stopped in the hall and turned to face him as he closed the door. He held my eye and added, “He thinks you’re spent.”
“I’m not spent.”
“Leave your bag on the couch. Mioko will take it up. Go ahead out to the terrace. I’ll bring out the drinks.”