A Maiden's Grave by Jeffery Deaver

By Jeffery Deaver

8 susceptible women and their helpless lecturers are pressured off a college bus and held hostage. The madman who has them at gunpoint has an easy plan: one hostage an hour will die until the calls for are met. referred to as to the scene is Arthur Potter, the FBI's top hostage negotiator. He has a plan. yet so does one of many hostages-a attractive instructor who's keen to do something to avoid wasting the lives of her scholars. Now, the clock is ticking as a chilling video game of cat and mouse begins.

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While all the palaver was going on, her maid and I were looking each other over. She would peek at me, and I would get embarrassed because I had been staring and look away. Then she would look away and I would start staring again. She had been carrying three packages and a shopping basket when she came in, but she put them down and got out her fan, and fanned herself, and looked at me over the top of it. I kept thinking of how it would be if the two of us were out on a little boat of our own, sailing far away to someplace wonderful.

They were chained together in gangs because they were going to run away the first time they got a chance and everybody knew it. The guards sat in the shade with muskets in their laps, and yawned and tried to scratch under their armor, and once in a while one said something to someone else. But they did not sleep. They were soldiers, I found out later, and besides their muskets they had the long straight swords that soldiers call bilbos. The slave drivers were civilians, guys who knew (or were supposed to know) how stone walls ought to be built.

PIRATE FREEDOM Copyright © 2007 by Gene Wolfe Illustrations © 2007 by David Grove All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book, or portions thereof, in any form. Edited by David G. com Tor® is a registered trademark of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Wolfe, Gene. Pirate freedom/Gene Wolfe. p. cm. " ISBN-13: 978-1-4299-2522-8 ISBN-10: 1-4299-2522-1 1. Priests—Fiction. 2. Buccaneers—Fiction. 3. Caribbean Area—Fiction. 4. Time travel—Fiction.

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