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meticulously unravel a kidnapping. Or even outfox a serial killer or two. Any of these situations can mess you up psychologically. But dealing with someone holding family members hostage is like trying to stop a Mack truck carrying a full load of insanity. Usually the person with the gun— more often than not, it’s an obsessive, substance-abusing male, like Willie Gonzalez — is so far gone he doesn’t give a damn about his hostages, or his future. He blames them for something. He blames himself for something. He can’t get his facts straight or see the truth of his circumstances. It’s a lose-lose situation all the way around. As for hostage negotiators, well, we are usually smart and well trained, but we rarely pull off the heroics you see in movies. Have I ever seen the abductor listen to the negotiator and then throw down his weapon and come out with his hands up? Sure, about as often as I’ve seen the Redskins win the Super Bowl. Two or three times. It’s in the realm of possibility. But the odds are stacked against it. We got out of the car and headed toward the police vans where McGoey said officers were trying to reestablish contact with Fowler. Nearly an inch of snow had fallen and the storm was only getting worse. My feet began to freeze again. “Think they have an extra pair of boots?” The detective looked at my shoes and said, “I’ve only been here six days.” “Good point,” I said, thinking that I really did not like cold and snow. “Whose property is this?” I asked, indi25

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Merry Christmas, Alex Cross: The First 18 Chapters  

It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind hi...

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross: The First 18 Chapters  

It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind hi...