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"I thought the plan was to move him to a village in the countryside, someplace where we could watch him more closely," Teddy said. "That's a few months down the road." "We don't have a few months." Teddy turned to Lucat and said, "What happens if we push the button now?" "It'll work. They'll get him somewhere in Bologna. It's a nice city with almost no crime. Murders are unheard of, so his death will get some attention if his body is found there. The Italians will quickly realize that he's not-what's his name, Julia?" "Marco," Teddy said without looking at notes. "Marco Lazzeri." "Right, they'll scratch their heads and wonder who the hell he is." Julia said, "There's no clue as to his real identity. They'll have a body, a fake ID, but no family, no friends, no address, no job, nothing. They'll bury him like a pauper and keep the file open for a year. Then they'll close it." "That's not our problem," Teddy said. "We're not doing the killing." "Right," said Lucat. "It'll be a bit messier in the city, but the boy likes to wander the streets. They'll get him. Maybe a car will hit him. The Italians drive like hell, you know." "It won't be that difficult, will it?" "I wouldn't think so." "And what are our chances of knowing when it happens?" Teddy asked. Lucat scratched his beard and looked across the table at Julia, who was biting a nail and looking over at Hoby, who was stirring green tea with a plastic stick. Lucat finally said, "I'd say fifty-fifty, at the scene anyway. We'll be watching twenty-four/seven, but the people who'll take him out will be the best of the best. There may be no witnesses." Julia added, "Our best chance will be later, a few weeks after they bury the pauper. We have good people in place. We'll listen closely. I think we'll hear it later." Lucat said, "As always, when we're not pulling the trigger, there's a chance we won't know for sure." "We cannot screw this up, understand? It'll be nice to know that Backman is dead-God knows he deserves it-but the goal of the op

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John Grisham - 2005

John Grisham: The broker  

John Grisham - 2005

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