By Jeffery Deaver
A killer flees the scene of a murder at a prestigious new york track college and locks himself in a lecture room. inside of mins, the police have him surrounded.
A scream jewelry out, through a gunshot.
The police holiday down the door.
The room is empty.
Perplexed, the police usher in Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs to enquire. For the bold Sachs, fixing the case may earn her a merchandising. For the quadriplegic Rhyme, it ability counting on his protégé to ferret out a grasp illusionist. Dubbed The Conjurer, this fiendish killer baits them with murders that turn into a growing number of diabolical with each crime.
As the fatalities upward push and the mins tick down, the pair needs to stream past the smoke and mirrors to avoid a terrifying act of vengeance which could turn into the best vanishing act of all.
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Drop your weapon. " She repeated this in Spanish. " Which she took to be affirmative. "Ten seconds," she shouted. " To the two officers she radioed, "Give him twenty. " At close to the ten-second mark, the man dropped the rifle and stood up, hands in the air. " "Keep those hands straight up in the air. Walk toward the corner of the building here. " When he got to the corner Wilkins cuffed and searched him. Sachs remained crouched down. She said to the suspect, "The guy inside. Your buddy. " "I don't gotta tell you –" "Yeah, you do gotta.
In the corner of the room a young Asian woman stood hugging herself and looking out the uneven leaded glass. She turned and looked at Sachs. "I heard you talking. You said, I mean, it sounded like you didn't know if he got out of the building after he . . afterward. " "No, I don't," Sachs said. " "But if you don't know that, then it means he could still be hiding here, somewhere. Waiting for somebody else. " Sachs gave her a reassuring smile. "We'll have plenty of officers around until we get to the bottom of what happened.
Watching this impromptu performance, an audience would shake their heads, half-convinced that reality had given way to delusion, that a human being couldn't possibly do what they were observing. But the truth was the opposite: the card tricks Malerick was now performing absently on the plush black cloth were not miraculous at all; they were merely carefully rehearsed exercises in dexterity and perception, governed by mundane rules of physics. Oh, yes, Revered Audience, what you've seen and what you're about to see are very real.