By Laurie R. King
Acclaimed as some of the most unique abilities to emerge within the final decade, award-winning writer Laurie R. King returns to Folly Island to bring her so much gorgeous success yet--a breathtaking novel of suspense that explores the very essence of fine and evil.
Allen Carmichael got here again from Vietnam a life-time ago--but basically now used to be he able to go back domestic. For years, he’s lived at the fringes of the legislations, utilizing a soldier’s talents to maintain watch over these too younger to protect themselves. a few examine him not anything yet a kidnapper for hire--the most sensible within the company; others name him a hero. His area of expertise has been rescuing young children from abusive mom and dad and escorting them to loving houses. yet after twenty-five years, he's able to tackle his ultimate case--a case which could ruin him.
The boy’s identify is Jamie: He believes his father goes to kill him. Allen is confident that the twelve-year-old is correct and devises a technique to save lots of him. His final task performed, Allen heads again to Folly Island, the place he plans to settle right into a quiet lifestyles. yet no longer lengthy after his go back, a small airplane piloted through the boy’s father’s crashes, abandoning debris--but no physique. Now it's as much as Allen to unravel even if Jamie’s father is useless or alive--and to ensure Jamie himself remains out of harm’s manner. yet a sequence of ominous occasions leads Allen to question no matter if Jamie’s father is actually the enemy in any case. Or if the genuine hazard is much extra unspeakable...and the killer unimaginable.
Riveting, harrowing, and unforgettable, Keeping Watch takes mental suspense to its such a lot dizzying heights and proves back why Laurie R. King has been known as by means of either readers and critics an undisputed grasp of suspense.
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He kept his thumb near the safety of the M16, breathing in the reassuring smell of fresh gun oil over the rich organic smells of the jungle. His head kept swiveling around: Did VC ever climb trees to take potshots at passing GIs? How the hell could the man walking point watch for booby traps in this? And if someone started shooting up ahead, should he throw himself on the ground so the guy in back of him didn’t blow his head off? After a couple hours, when they’d covered maybe two klicks and driven off every form of life in the whole area, The Wolf called a halt and they dropped down for a smoke and to suck hot water out of their canteens.
However, the Army decided to place LIFE on the shelf for a while. They were issued their jungle fatigues, but it was ten days before the last of them were processed and shipped out. They cooled their heels at the base in Bien Hoa, getting up basketball games or playing poker, submitting to lectures and inoculations, sitting around with beers at night to watch the fireworks display of distant battle over the horizon, champing at the bit. They even picked up garbage for a while, since the sergeant couldn’t think of anything else to do with them.
The image of his father’s shattering head startled him back from the brink of sleep. No, that’s not what I want. It was my fault; I didn’t have to keep on and on. But he wanted me to, and he knew I would. He always knows, and there’s something going on, and today was different. But the bed’s warmth tugged at him, and the images and sounds faded, and narrowed, and settled into a brief awareness that something K E E P I N G WAT C H 19 had changed, that the evening’s catharsis had broken more than the computer.