By Joanne Fluke

As a kinfolk sanatorium administrator, Michele Layton has obvious her percentage of ache. yet by no means something like this. no longer the following in St. Cloud, Minnesota. a neighborhood activist has been came across murdered, his physique frozen like a statue and put in a wintry weather Carnival ice sculpture reveal. subsequent a vicious hate crime places a guy within the ICU. And locked away within the Holy relaxation psychological ward, a deranged guy of the material prays for extra sinners to be punished—and waits for an indication from above. those doubtless random acts lead police leader Steve Radke to Michele, who may be the subsequent pawn in a madman’s chess video game of lifestyles and demise, stable as opposed to evil…

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Und dann legten sie ihr hier eine Fotografie von ihr vor. Valeries Gehirn arbeitete fieberhaft. Mayer war vom BND. Wen repräsentierte der Amerikaner? Die CIA? Es konnte nur eine Erklärung geben, warum sie festgehalten wurde. Warum Geheimdienstler sie nach Noor fragten. Nur eine einzige, verdammte Erklärung. Valerie wurde übel. Sie hatten Noor auf einer ihrer Terrorlisten und bereits in Gewahrsam. Irgendwo. Der Schweiß brach ihr aus. Valerie stand auf, machte drei Schritte und lehnte die Stirn gegen den kalten Stein der Wand, um wieder zu sich zu kommen.

Die Beweislage ist zu dünn«, gab Mayer kühl zurück. »Wir können sie nicht länger festhalten. Valerie Weymann ist Anwältin. « �Eric, Sie wissen, was auf dem Spiel steht. Die Stimmung ist nach dem Anschlag in Kopenhagen mehr als angespannt«, konterte Burroughs. Er wies mit der Hand zum Fenster und beschrieb einen weiten Bogen über die Dächer Hamburgs. »Da draußen ist Krieg. Sie wollen nicht verantworten, dass diese Stadt Anfang des nächsten Jahres brennt, nur weil …« �Mir ist die Brisanz unserer Situation durchaus bewusst«, fiel ihm Mayer ins Wort.

Hat er etwas gesagt? Bitte …« Die Frau verharrte. »Ich habe ihn nicht gesehen«, antwortete sie nicht unfreundlich. « Ihr Bedauern klang ehrlich. Valerie stellte die Tasche auf ihr Bett und hörte, wie sich die Zellentür wieder schloss. Mit zitternden Fingern zog sie den Reißverschluss auf, nahm den Pullover heraus, der obenauf lag, und drückte ihr Gesicht in die weiche Wolle. Der vertraute Geruch, der ihr entströmte, löste eine so übermächtige Sehnsucht nach Marc und den Kindern aus, dass sie sich hinlegen musste.

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