By Val Cameron
Dale Welland flew to Mexico to flee banks, embezzlers, and the vacancy of his residence after his female friend moved out. He selected the town of l. a. Paz as the identify intended peace, and whilst a stranger named Brent Markesson provided to take him crusing on a ship named a long way Reacher, Dale believed he'd came upon the peach he was once searching for. "A man's achieve may still exceed his grab, else what is a heaven for ..." every thing approximately Brent Markesson interested Dale - his boat, his way of life, and his lifeless spouse. Then Markesson provided at hand all of it over, and unexpectedly not anything used to be what it appeared - now not the sailboat, now not the girl, and particularly now not the homicide.
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He pulled the contents of the wallet out onto the legs of his grubby once- white slacks. Ten. Thirty. Thirty-five. He counted again. Then again. None of the green bills changed their numbers. Thirty-five dollars. Someone back at the jail was going to be celebrating tonight. He pushed the money back, searched further and found his driver's license, birth certificate, American Express Gold Card. Mastercard. Two gas station credit cards. Social security card. He had thought he had a Sears card as well, but doubted if anyone would lift a Sears card when they could have an Amex or Mastercard.
Was that what Brent had been? Two years of compulsion, then emptiness? He was dead now. His funeral tomorrow. She stood at her window, watching the harbor until there were no boats left, only tiny points of light penetrating a black night. She shivered, her hands thrust deep into the pockets of her jeans. Brent's jeans. His hips were narrow, although his legs were muscular. Her hips were wide, stretching the denim of his jeans. A real broad, he had said huskily, his eyes following the way her lean buttocks curved.
Alpha was sitting more erect, his eyes flashing. So there was significance to the entry as piloto. " "So they went to Santa Rosalia? " "They didn't even go to Santa Rosalia. " He shrugged. Mexico, for God's sake! Nothing went by the rules. It didn't matter if you followed the words on the paper, as long as the paperwork was done. No one ever read it, they just filed it. Five copies. Six. " "Partida. San Francisco. " "For Christ's sake! " Alpha's fist hit the map in front of him. "They came back to La Paz!