The Folding Knife

By K. J. Parker

A new stand-alone novel from the acclaimed writer of the Engineer Trilogy and The Company.

Basso the great. Basso the good. Basso the clever. the 1st Citizen of the Vesani Republic is a rare guy.

He is ruthless, crafty, and primarily, fortunate. He brings wealth, strength and status to his humans. yet with energy comes undesirable recognition, and Basso needs to safeguard his state and himself from threats international and household. In a life of an important judgements, he is simply ever made one mistake.

One mistake, although, will be adequate.

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Great quiet sq., simply not far away from the Victory Temple. You paid 8 thousand for it. ” Basso opened his eyes large, then shrugged. “Big sufficient for either one of them? ” “Comfortable. cozy with no being comfy. ” “Fine. ” Basso closed his eyes. lengthy gold streaks blazed around the within his eyelids. “Furniture? ” “Nothing from town condo. dozen items from shop, and she’ll purchase the remaining new. I provided her more money to hide that, yet she refused. ” “And? ” Antigonus paused. “Her certain phrases have been, ‘Tell him to not come. It’d be embarrassing, the 1st Citizen locked out at the pavement by means of his personal sister. ’ ” “Considerate of her,” Basso acknowledged quietly. “Oh good. ” He used to be fidgeting with anything, yet retaining it hidden in his hand. A flash of gold advised Antigonus it used to be the penknife. “Let’s have whatever cheerful,” he stated. “How concerning the takeover? All performed? ” “Mostly. ” there has been a moderate feather to Antigonus’ voice. “Actually, there’s an issue. ” “Of direction there is,” Basso sighed. “What? ” “Well. ” Antigonus opened his record case and flicked throughout the papers inside of. “There’s a central authority loan,” he acknowledged. “One they didn’t let us know approximately. ” “Shit,” Basso hissed via his tooth. “When? ” “That’s the attention-grabbing bit,” Antigonus acknowledged. “They’d been negotiating it for it slow; Treasury, 300 thousand at 4 in keeping with cent over 20 years, fastened fee. ” “You’re kidding. ” Antigonus shook his head. “Obviously they didn’t are looking to take it, however the Treasury was once urgent them for it. Then, once you made your raid and it gave the impression of it was once going to paintings, they agreed. in accordance with the Treasury clerks, they dragged the everlasting secretary up and doing in the course of the evening and he signed the memorandum correct there, in his bed room. And forgot to jot down it up the subsequent morning. ” Basso sucked his lip. “Go on. ” “Which means,” Antigonus stated, “technically you’re in breach, even supposing you didn’t truly learn about it, or even even though the mortgage used to be made prior to you obtained the financial institution. I say technically, however the code of conduct—” “Can we turn out they did it maliciously? ” Antigonus pursed his lips. “Demonstrate to anyone with part a mind, sure. turn out, no. The signed memorandum used to be at the Bank’s premises after we inspected the files. actual, it used to be hidden in a closed dossier a couple of totally different topic down within the cellars, yet that also makes it a breach. It doesn’t support, after all, that not one of the Benevolent’s clerks will testify to concealing it, for worry of finishing up in court docket themselves. ” Basso closed his eyes. “Who is familiar with approximately it? ” “Ah. ” Antigonus steepled his palms. “My wager is, in the event that they did it on objective to come back at you, they’ll have informed Caelius, and he’ll be around on the Speaker’s workplace instantly, submitting a grievance. in spite of everything, why visit all that difficulty if they’re unlikely to utilize it to harm you? ” Basso notion for some time. “When they did it,” he stated, “they had no means of figuring out i used to be going to win the election. in reality, it used to be odds-on I’d lose.

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