Deceptions by Lauren Maddison

By Lauren Maddison

Expertly weaving assorted components of political intrigue, secret, and local American folklore, Maddison takes readers on a terrifying trip from the halls of energy to the private caverns of the Navajo kingdom.

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They spoke at precisely the same moment, a fact which made them both smile. ” Malcolm tilted his head to one side. “That’s one of the things I’ve always respected about you, Benjamin. No bullshit beating around the bush. ” “I’m flattered, my friend, but don’t get too carried away with admiration just yet. ” “That’s why I’m here. So I’ll ask you again, what the hell is going on? Why did you tell me that bomb was a message? What message? That someone hates you enough to kill your daughter? Who sent it?

Instead, she stood very still, looking at the lush, manicured lawn behind Val’s house. It was so green, so beautiful, so alive. Her whole body trembled. Val didn’t move from her chair, didn’t urge Connor to sit down. Instead, she waited quietly, perhaps the hardest part of dealing with anyone in such pain. She knew that whatever Connor wanted to say must first be said in the direction of an inanimate object such as the window. Besides, Val wasn’t sure she was quite ready to see the anguish in those eyes.

I know. ” Malcolm was on firmer ground in this matter, and knew he would prevail. “We’ll get your stuff and you’re coming to my house. Besides, who would let you check into a hotel? ” She allowed a wry smile to brighten her face for a moment and realized that she was too damn tired to argue. They both rose and went back into the house. They found Leon gazing intently up the broad staircase as if by sheer will he could gather evidence from the upstairs rooms without disobeying direct orders. Hearing the door open, he wheeled around, looking almost guilty.

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