Vested Interests [NOOK Book]

Overview

Indianapolis attorney Brigit Bauer has always fought for the underdog, whether it’s sitting on the historic preservation board or mediating a gangland truce. But those battlegrounds are nothing compared to the web of deceit she uncovers, leading her through a maze of holding companies to the Chicago mob presence in her city. When a client dies in her place, she realizes she may have followed one lead too many.

Tony Pendrake, a former Navy SEAL and owner of T.P. Security, assists...

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Overview

Indianapolis attorney Brigit Bauer has always fought for the underdog, whether it’s sitting on the historic preservation board or mediating a gangland truce. But those battlegrounds are nothing compared to the web of deceit she uncovers, leading her through a maze of holding companies to the Chicago mob presence in her city. When a client dies in her place, she realizes she may have followed one lead too many.

Tony Pendrake, a former Navy SEAL and owner of T.P. Security, assists Bree in getting to the bottom of the attempts on her life. While Tony and Bree seek the person or persons behind the attacks, the two find themselves thrown into close proximity. The intensity of the situation leads to a relationship between them, but before they can discover where such a relationship could go, Bree’s newfound trust in Tony is tested in a final lethal encounter with the man who wants her dead.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595785411
  • Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
  • Publication date: 5/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 331
  • Sales rank: 306,914
  • File size: 576 KB

Meet the Author

Monette Michaels is the pen name for a multi-published author of suspense/thrillers. She's been married to the love of her life for far longer than she cares to remember. Her home is in Central Indiana.
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Prologue

7:45 a.m., Friday, April 26.

Clockwork. Joey appreciated it--especially when he was planning random acts of violence. For fifteen years, killing in all its myriad forms had been his job. He was good at it.

He'd watched the lawyer's office and home for more than two weeks getting the patterns of her life and those of her office staff down like they were his own. In all the jobs Joey had done in the past, he'd made it a matter of pride to make a good, clean kill the first time. To do that, organization and planning were the keys. Joey had it set in his mind now, and today was the day. By ten o'clock this morning, Brigit Bauer was going to die--a victim of an extremely well-planned, random act.

Joey strolled into the building where Brigit had her office and headed for the stairs leading to the second floor. Of the few people in the building, not one paid any attention to him. Joey knew himself to be a nondescript person, which was good for a career hit man. People never seemed to remember him. If they did, he wouldn't be so good at his job.

As was the norm for this time of day, the second floor of Morrison Opera Place was deserted. The building, a rehabilitated theater from the '30s, had a fifty per cent vacancy rate, making it perfect for Joey's purposes. He met no one as he took the fire stairs from the back of the second floor hall up to the third where the lawyer's office was located.

His timing was on the mark. The secretary had gone down the hall to get water for the coffee. During his reconnaissances, he'd noted it was her practice to stop and gossip with the receptionist in the advertising firm near the restrooms. Joey knew she would be gone for fifteenminutes--never more and never less--and more than enough time for him to plant the vehicle of the lawyer's demise.

Moving the few steps from the fire stairs door, Joey slipped through the open doorway into the office. Glancing from side to side, he moved down a dimly lit, book-lined hallway to what he'd surmised was a break area. In this room, he found the pastries the secretary had picked up that morning at a bakery down the street from the office building. Among those pastries was what he'd learned was the lawyer's favorite, a blueberry cake donut.

Habits, both bad and good, were devices used by Joey. Many of his victims had been brought down by their slavish devotion to their routines, their addictions. Brigit Bauer's fetish for blueberry donuts for breakfast would be her downfall.

Taking the capped syringe filled with Oleander sap from his pocket, Joey injected the fast-acting poison into the donut. She would never know what hit her.

Personally, Joey would have planned a more dramatic end for the lady, but his employer wanted it to look like an accidental death, a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, like the Tylenol poisonings many years ago. Since variety had always been one of his calling cards, Joey didn't mind a bloodless hit once in a while. In fact, an occasional hit of this type was good for his reputation; it showed he was creative and cunning. He prided himself on the fact that no two hits were ever alike.

Pocketing the recapped syringe, he left the office. No one had seen him. It had taken him less than three minutes in the office. Five minutes later, he sauntered out of the building and down the street where he entered a coffee shop to wait on the results of his morning's work. He'd continue to watch the building until she came to work and, then, until the ambulance or police came. Only after he was sure his job was done, would he call his client and arrange to get the rest of his money--$50,000 for a piece-of-cake hit.

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