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The hot Nik Kane Alaska secret— now in paperback and hailed via critics...Gifted younger legislator Matthew wish has been charged with homicide. In desperation, a mysterious, filthy rich customer of Hope’s hires Nik Kane, disgraced ex-cop, to enquire the crime. He quickly uncovers a political tradition corrupted through the effect of oil and massive money—and a terrifying mystery which can additional spoil him.

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How embarrassed everyone was. Holy Mother! Baby didn’t want that to happen again. He went through the reception area and peeked into the chairman’s office next door. There was a young woman there, but she wasn’t underneath anybody. She lay on the floor beside the desk. She is wearing no clothes, or not many, Baby thought. Where are her clothes? And what is that pool around her head? Water? Standing over her, holding something in his hand, was a slim, dark-skinned, dark-haired young man. The young man looked up from the woman’s body, his face contorted in a horrible grimace.

I’m fine, thanks for asking,” Kane said. ” He could hear her take a deep breath and exhale with a sigh. Great, he thought. Just ten seconds on the telephone, I’m pissed off and she’s long-suffering. “Nik,” she said with obvious patience, “we’ve talked about this. We’re not married anymore and it’s time to make the separation complete. ” “I haven’t got anyplace to put that stuff,” he said. Oh, that’s good, he thought. Be childish. That’s appealing. “Don’t be like that, Nik,” she said. “You’re making good money now.

I’m told the firm can’t take this job,” the chief said. He’s told, Kane thought. That’s rich. ” he asked. Jeffords was slow to reply. “The reasons are…complicated,” he said at last. Great, Kane thought. Now we’re in the world of Jeffordsisms, answers that don’t answer anything. Kane had known the chief for more than thirty years. They’d come up through the ranks of the police department together. Jeffords, who had joined the department sooner and had a much better grasp of politics, was always a couple of rungs above him on the career ladder.

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