By Brian Freemantle
A attorney will get stuck within the crossfire of a perilous civil battle in Africa....
Richard Deaken has misplaced his nerve. as soon as a globally well known trial legal professional, he has suffered a string of undesirable effects that experience sapped his self assurance and dulled the sting helpful for fulfillment within the high-stakes international of foreign legislation. Resigned to existence in obscurity, he has retreated to an unimpressive workplace in Geneva, the place the trickle of low-paying consumers doesn’t come with regards to helping the approach to life that he - and his spouse - are used to. yet a huge case is true round the nook.
Deaken’s new employers are squaddies in a vicious African civil battle on the point of erupting into unheard of bloodshed. An order of $50 million worthy of hands is on its strategy to his client’s competitors, and to forestall it they've got abducted the palms dealer’s son. They ask Deaken to barter the ransom - the weapons in alternate for the kid - and he can't say no, as the guerillas have additionally abducted his spouse.
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Not much better. He dusted the telephone which rarely rang, returned the cloth to its drawer, and from the one above took out his clean notepad; there were six pencils in a cup to the right, all needle sharp. That’s how he’d occupied the last hour of the previous day. It was ridiculous to continue like this. He had to do something. And do it soon. The erosion of self-confidence had been insidious. A run of bad trial results—not surprising considering the sort of trials they were—and he had suddenly decided to take a rest.
There was no colour differentiation; they were all white. To Deaken’s immediate left there was a bar area, with a steward in attendance, a glitter of glass and chrome and four high-legged chairs. The carpeting throughout the entire area was white and long-tufted. The man who stood waiting in the middle of the room dominated it, not because of his height and barrel body but from the way he held himself. When he was young, Deaken had attended government and diplomatic functions with his father and seen the same demeanour: it was always from politicians or leaders who were long established, who considered themselves unchallengeable.
But not yet. Let’s see what they want. ” The internal telephone purred softly. ” Led by Williams, the three men who had failed to prevent Tewfik Azziz’s kidnap came single file into the stateroom. The American was clearly nervous, the Bedouins terrified. “Once more,” demanded Azziz. ” The voice was still quiet. Williams started hurriedly but Azziz stopped him at once, ordering him to begin again; and this time neither Azziz nor Grearson interrupted. When Williams had finished Azziz told the Bedouins to recount their version in Arabic.
Deaken's War by Brian Freemantle