No Way Out by Allison Brennan (Lucy Kincaid #16.5)
English | 2020 | Mystery & Thriller | ePUB | 2.6 MB
Allison Brennan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award winning author of three dozen thrillers and numerous short stories.
From Allison Brennan, the New York Times bestselling author of Cut and Run, comes a new e-novella, No Way Out: FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid faces her worst fear when her husband goes missing
Nine years ago, mercenary Kane Rogan and photojournalist Siobhan Walsh risked their lives to rescue Hestia Juarez, a thirteen-year-old girl being forced to marry a much older man to expand her father’s crime family. Her enraged father has never forgotten.
Now, Kane and Siobhan are finally getting married. They only invited a few people—including FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid and her husband Sean Rogan—to celebrate. When Sean and Kane go missing the day before the wedding, Lucy must put her fear aside and work the case. Because someone believes that Siobhan knows where Hestia is … and will do anything or kill anyone to make her tell the truth.
Kane understood Siobhan’s position. He’d seen far too many child brides over the years. But there was nothing they could do about it, and why she couldn’t see that, he didn’t understand.
You can’t save everyone, Red.
Kane spotted one of the nuns that he fortunately knew by name. She was surprised to see him inside the mission. “Sister Jeanette, where is she?”
The sister didn’t answer.
“Siobhan!” he said, louder than he intended. He lowered his voice. “She’s going to get herself killed. Tell me where she is now.”
Sister Bernadette came into view. “Mr. Rogan, you will not yell at my girls.”
Kane wasn’t Catholic, but Sister Bernadette scared the bejeezus out of him.
“Siobhan,” he said, keeping his voice so low it was almost a whisper.
“I told her to tell you.”
“Tell. Me. What.”
“But she said you were making her leave. I don’t think you understand the situation.”
It took all his self-control not to lose it. “Getting involved in the personal lives of a criminal is never the smart move,” Kane said. “Juarez runs a criminal gang and he stays local. We can’t go in and dictate morality and justice in how they treat their family. I’m sorry, Sister, but kidnapping his daughter is not an option.”
“She’s thirteen years old and being forced to marry a man three times her age.”
“Not my problem. If Juarez finds out you were helping her, he could cause you and your girls untold trouble. Worse, Siobhan is going to get hurt. Do you want her blood on your hands?”
He didn’t mean to speak so forcefully with the nun, but he had to make her see the truth: that Siobhan was in way over her head and Felipe Juarez would kill her in cold blood.
“I will tell you where she went if you promise me you will save Hestia.”
“She put you up to this.” It was now as clear as day. He’d been played.
“Mr. Rogan, sometimes we need to do the right thing even when there is great risk.”
Sister Bernadette didn’t need to lecture him, and she knew it. He risked himself on a daily basis to do the right thing, but he always did a cost-benefit analysis. Not financial—he didn’t give a shit what it cost. It was up to his business partner JT Caruso to manage the money. But the risk versus the odds of success. Half the girls here at the mission, Kane and his team had rescued, and the Sisters were in the process of returning them to their families where possible. That was a justifiable risk.