The Red Room (A Risk Agent Novel)

By Ridley Pearson

John Knox and beauty Chu are again within the new threat Agent novel— “another hit during this knockout mystery sequence” (Booklist) by means of the number 1 New York Times bestselling writer of Choke Point.

Security operative John Knox and previous chinese language military undercover agent Grace Chu have permitted an easy activity in Istanbul: start up the sale of a bit of historical artwork worthy hundreds of thousands to an nameless patron. yet in Istanbul they locate themselves in a melting pot of presidency brokers and terrorists, the place East meets West. Now Knox and Chu notice they're avid gamers in an even bigger, extra risky online game than they ever imagined. Their buyer is himself a pawn in Iran’s nuclear program.

As they flow in the direction of the reality, they comprehend larger their very own vulnerability. they aren't by myself in short of touch with this customer. compelled to check the loyalty of the very those who employed them, acutely aware their subsequent flow may perhaps set off an influence shift within the center East, the 2 set up a gathering that threatens to kill all concerned.

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Elapsed time, seven seconds. Knox maintains within the path, clear of Grace, alert for others like this one, who now lies subconscious in a thinning intersection. He passes a yogurt store, a denims shop, a window with extra electronics than whatever in instances sq.. Crosses on the subsequent intersection, lowering his peak via bending his knees and taking longer strides. standard methods. standard circus. As he nears the a ways minimize, the taxi jerks to a cease. Knox rounds the motor vehicle and climbs into the again, throwing his arm round her with out asserting a notice. It’s Dulwich using the cab. Grace clings to Knox like a baby. 32 who's this? ” Victoria Momani comes out of the chair on the small table in Knox’s inn room. Her eyes slim; her shoulders sq., lifting her chest and reminding Knox of a tropical poultry saying its declare on territory. “My accountant,” he solutions as though on cue. “She’s been via hell. supply us a minute, an extended one. ” sincerely, Victoria considers her recommendations. She and style meet eyes, and Victoria nods, extra to Grace than to Knox. “I am downstairs. ” She collects her handbag and mobile phone, taking her time. eventually, she leaves. “You make issues so complicated,” Grace says weakly as Knox leads her by means of the arm into the lavatory and begins the bathe, assisting her the entire whereas. “Sometimes, they make themselves,” Knox says. He unbuttons her blouse and is helping her out of it. Unbuttons her pants and unzips them. “That’s sufficient, John. ” She forces a smile. Her eyes are unhappy and drained and he thinks he may well kiss her. “Thank you,” she says. “It’s now not as if—” “I want no reminder. ” Knox has visible her bare. once more. one other op. Little continues to be approximately those that may shock the opposite. It’s as exact a courting with a lady as Knox has ever had; platonic, but deeply intimate. “Call me,” he says. She nods and back he desires to kiss her, to precise how happy he's to have her again. The bathe runs for twenty mins. eventually, Knox faucets at the toilet door; whilst there’s no solution, he opens it to discover the room a thick cloud of steam. Grace is sitting in a decent ball, fingers round her shins within the nook of the bathe, the water beating down on her. He opens the bathe, takes her hand and leads her from the stall. Wraps her in a towel, the steam swirling magically round her, crosses it in entrance of her and hugs her. She hesitates, then accepts the include, locking her tiny fingers round his powerful forearms and retaining to him, her grip painfully tight. “It used to be nothing,” she says eventually. The water continues to be working, the steam enveloping them. “I have no idea why I may still consider like this. ” Knox closes the embody, their our bodies pressed jointly, his entrance to her again. She sags her head opposed to his biceps, her rainy hair soaking via to his epidermis. He feels himself becoming aroused and releases her out of embarrassment. He shuts off the water and slips prior her. She reaches out for him, her arms catching his shoulder. He pauses. It’s her method of thanking him. — GRACE EMERGES in a single of Knox’s long-sleeved T-shirts and a couple of his boxer shorts rolled on the waist.

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