A Maiden's Grave by Jeffery Deaver

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8 weak women and their helpless academics are pressured off a faculty bus and held hostage. The madman who has them at gunpoint has an easy plan: one hostage an hour will die except the calls for are met. known as to the scene is Arthur Potter, the FBI's most sensible hostage negotiator. He has a plan. yet so does one of many hostages-a attractive instructor who is prepared to do whatever to avoid wasting the lives of her scholars. Now, the clock is ticking as a chilling video game of cat and mouse starts off.

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And the blood. There was a lot of it. She shepherded the girls back to their seats. "Don't look," Melanie instructed. Her heart pounded fiercely, her arms suddenly weighed a thousand pounds. " She had trouble making the words. Jocylyn, Beverly, and ten-year-old Emily did as instructed immediately. Shannon grimaced and peeked, Kielle blatantly ignored Melanie. Susan got to look, she pointed out. Why couldn'tshe ? Of the twins, it was Anna who'd gone still, hands in her lap and her face paler than usual, in sharp contrast to her sister's nut-brown tan.

If they're unavailable—" "Only them. Find them. Wherever they are. I want them at the barricade in a half-hour. And see if Angie Scapello is available. She'd be at headquarters or Quantico. Behavioral Science. " The Bureau's Hostage Rescue Team, consisting of forty-eight agents, was the largest tactical barricade force in the country. Crowley let McGovern deliver the unfortunate news. "That's a problem, sir. One team's deployed to Miami. A DEA raid. Twenty-two agents there. And the second's in Seattle.

Potter sat in one while Derek, like a salesman, enthusiastically pointed out the surveillance and communications features. " "Let's hope we won't be needing it," said Arthur Potter, who in thirty years as a federal agent had never fired his pistol in the line of duty. " "Yessir, we have a dish. " Potter wrote a series of numbers on a card and handed it to Derek. "Call that number, ask for Jim Kwo. " "That one. Tell him we want a SatSurv scan fed into—" he waved his hand at the bank of monitors—"one of those.

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