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By Phillip Margolin

Private investigator Dana Cutler needs to take down a crafty psychopath sooner than he can pull off the precise crime, in Sleight of Hand, a singular of suspense from Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling writer of Capitol Murder and Supreme Justice.

Charles Benedict – charismatic felony protection attorney, novice illusionist, hit guy – has played his maximum sleight of hand but: framing a millionaire for the homicide of his a lot more youthful wife.

When Horace Blair married Carrie, the prosecutor in his DUI trial, he made her signal a prenuptial contract making certain her twenty million funds if she remained trustworthy for the 1st ten years of marriage. only one week earlier than their 10th anniversary, Carrie disappears, and Horace is charged together with her homicide. desirous to transparent his identify, the millionaire hires D.C.’s so much ruthless protection attorney – Charles Benedict.

P.I. Dana Cutler is within the Pacific Northwest at the path of a stolen relic relationship from the Ottoman Empire. Hitting a useless finish sends her again to Virginia at a loss for words and dissatisfied – and immediately into the case of Horace and Carrie Blair.

Now Dana needs to conjure a number of tips of her personal to reveal Benedict’s plot, ahead of he can paintings his lethal magic on her...

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No, sir. ” “I’m particularly definite she isn’t right here. ” Now it used to be Robb’s flip to furrow her forehead. “You don’t recognize? ” “Carrie and that i don’t see a lot of every other,” he acknowledged brusquely. “This is a huge residence. She has her rooms and i've mine. ” “Could you've somebody payment to work out if Mrs. Blair is domestic? ” “Certainly. ” Blair signaled for the houseman. “Walter, while is the final time you have in mind seeing Mrs. Blair? ” “She used to be right here Sunday for dinner yet Monday was once my time off. I visited my mom in New Jersey and that i left right here Sunday evening and stuck a past due flight. I didn’t see her on Tuesday. ” “Can you please money Carrie’s rooms, and spot if her autos are within the storage. ” once the houseman left, Robb requested if Blair had obvious his spouse on Monday. “No. I observed her final Thursday. Then i used to be in long island on company until eventually Monday morning. If she got here domestic Monday I didn’t see her. ” “Does Mrs. Blair have acquaintances she might be traveling? ” “Carrie hasn't ever been very sociable. the buddies i do know approximately all paintings together with her. I do have a question, notwithstanding. ” “Yes? ” “Why did the commonwealth legal professional ship a detective to envision on Carrie rather than a patrol officer? Isn’t that strange? ” “Yes, sir, it truly is, however the situations warrant a huge inquiry. Your spouse has prosecuted a few very harmful humans. ” “You imagine damage could have come to her? ” requested Blair. “We don't have any facts to aid that end. rather truthfully, we’re stumped. ” The houseman reentered the kitchen. “Mrs. Blair’s Porsche isn't within the storage, and her mattress doesn’t seem to have been slept in. ” “Thank you, Walter,” Blair acknowledged to the houseman. “This is particularly upsetting,” he informed Robb. “Can you describe Mrs. Blair’s Porsche? ” Horace defined the automobile and gave the detective the registration code quantity. “Please hold me brand new in your investigation,” Blair acknowledged. “I’ll certainly hold you within the loop. and also you enable me recognize if she will get involved. ” The detective passed Blair her card and left. Blair stared at it. Robb was once with murder. She had now not instructed him that, most likely simply because she didn’t are looking to fear him. And Horace was once apprehensive. He and Carrie could have fallen out of affection, yet he have been in love together with her as soon as upon a time. the wedding had withered, and Horace used to be sour as a result prenuptial contract, yet he didn’t hate Carrie, and he was hoping that not anything severe had occurred to her. bankruptcy Twelve once he arrived at his place of work Horace Blair plunged right into a assembly to debate plans to merge certainly one of his businesses with a British telecom corporation. the problems have been complicated, and Carrie and the prenup have been quickly forgotten. by the point the assembly adjourned, at 9 within the night, Horace was once exhausted and will no longer wait to get into mattress. As he pulled his Bentley into his four-car storage, Blair was once stunned to determine a wierd motor vehicle parked close to his entrance door. whilst Blair entered the home, Walter was once awaiting him. “Has Mrs. Blair come domestic? ” Horace requested his houseman. “No, sir, and she or he hasn’t referred to as. ” “Then whose motor vehicle is that? ” “It belongs to a Mr. Charles Benedict.

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