Mask Market (Burke Novels (Paperback))
They meet in a no–name diner. A shadowy guy arms Burke a CD file of somebody he wishes discovered. mins later, as Burke watches from an alley, his patron is gunned down via a certified hunter–killer group. Burke slips away, uncertain if he’s been noticed. Later, whilst he examines the file, he discovers that the lacking girl is Beryl Preston, a lady he’d rescued from a brutal pimp two decades earlier—when she used to be basically thirteen—and again to her father. Now he has to discover her again—not in simple terms simply because she should be at risk, but additionally simply because he has to end up to himself that his rescue undertaking hadn’t been financed by way of a predator who sought after his “property” again. His seek will strength him to confront a brand new type of human ugliness and, ultimately, to perform the survivalist triage that has marked—and cursed—his lifestyles for the reason that youth. In Mask Market, Burke the outlaw investigator reveals himself looking for the reality: not just a few lady named Beryl, but in addition approximately himself.
This is vintage Burke: darkish, harmful, and inspiring, from the hole scene to the explosive climax.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Be sorry.” I permit the mobile silence play over us for a minute. Then I stated, “Eight, okay?” “Okay!” I hung up with out asserting see you later. She used to be used to it. the best individual on the earth to mislead is your self. somebody who’s performed time is familiar with how seductive that decision may be. The Prof warned me approximately it, again whilst i used to be nonetheless a tender thug, idolizing the big-time hijackers who pulled significant jobs and lived like kingsuntil the money ran out. Then they went trying to find one other armored vehicle. “You decide.