By Brian Freemantle
A legal professional will get stuck within the crossfire of a perilous civil conflict in Africa....
Richard Deaken has misplaced his nerve. as soon as a globally popular trial legal professional, he has suffered a string of undesirable effects that experience sapped his self assurance and dulled the sting beneficial for achievement within the high-stakes global of foreign legislations. Resigned to lifestyles in obscurity, he has retreated to an unimpressive place of work in Geneva, the place the trickle of low-paying consumers doesn’t come as regards to helping the approach to life that he - and his spouse - are used to. yet an enormous case is correct round the nook.
Deaken’s new employers are squaddies in a vicious African civil warfare on the point of erupting into unparalleled bloodshed. An order of $50 million worthy of fingers is on its strategy to his client’s rivals, and to forestall it they've got abducted the hands dealer’s son. They ask Deaken to barter the ransom - the weapons in trade for the kid - and he can't say no, as the guerillas have additionally abducted his spouse.
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So what? He’ll have met the demands, he gets his son back and then all he’s got to do is assemble another shipment. ” Underberg laughed. “But that’s precisely why you’re involved. ” Deaken thought how he would like to smash his fist into that face, not just once but over and over again. “A second shipment doesn’t matter,” Underberg said. “I’ve already told you the SWAPO buildup is underway for an assault in July. Once it’s stopped, there won’t be time for Azziz to arrange another. But he’ll try something, he’s the sort of man who has to.
Grearson shook his head. ” insisted Deaken. ” “Which is a comparatively small amount,” said Azziz. “It could be a subsidiary sale,” said Grearson, talking to the Arab. ” Deaken frowned between the two men. “Check it, tonight if you can” ordered Azziz. ” Inexplicably Deaken felt embarrassed. “Blonde,” he said. “She wears it short. Brown eyes. Doesn’t use a lot of makeup—doesn’t have to. Quite short, about five foot five. ” From the table from which the lawyer had taken the telex sheet, the Arab handed Deaken a photograph.
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