By John Sandford
John Sandford writer of the outstanding Prey novels returns with The Hanged Man's Song.
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Inform me the place to move and go away the machine, and I’ll do it. ” “Your lady is already chained out within the woods. Nobody’ll ever locate her—just a few hunter ten years from now will discover a skeleton chained to a tree. ” “And anyone will locate your goddamn head in a wastebasket,” I stated. “I wasn’t kidding approximately that. ” A second of silence. Then: “Okay. force south a few extra. gradual. I’ll inform you while to forestall, I’ll let you know the place to place the desktop. I’ll be observing you. ” “What approximately Rachel? ” “Stay at the telephone. force south. We’ll deal with this. ” “How a ways south? ” I requested for John’s profit. “Not a ways. ” “Okay. If it’s no longer a ways. ” I drove south, thirty miles an hour. Thirty seconds, and he stated, “Pull over at the correct shoulder if you happen to see the pink flag tied to the bush at the left aspect. simply pull over. ” I observed the purple flag, a kerchief. I pulled over. “What now? ” “Look again how you got here. ” I appeared and observed him pedaling his mountain motorcycle alongside the left shoulder, speaking into his cellphone. “You can see me. I’m no longer maintaining a gun. should you do whatever to me, Rachel is gonna starve available in the market. ” “All correct, i will be able to see you. I’m supplying you with the goddamn laptop,” I tangled up. “Just come and get it. you will have me to get out now? ” extra for John. “Get out. ” “I’m getting out,” I stated. >>> THE solar was once blistering, however the day, this a ways out within the nation, used to be totally silent with the exception of far flung automobile sounds; i'll scent the ragweed cooking within the solar. Carp was once 40 yards clear of me, at the motorcycle, now not relocating, yet balanced on it. No probability to run him down. He held up a section of paper and spoke into the telephone. “Map of the place Rachel is at. when you pass there, and yell round, she’ll name to you. I marked the outdated shop the place the trail begins, you can’t leave out it. ” I held up Bobby’s desktop. “This is the machine. What do you need to do? ” “Leave the computer. go away it at the part of the line. I’ll examine it, and if it’s correct, I’ll positioned the map down. when you do whatever, I’ll run, and you’ll by no means pay attention from me back. And Rachel won’t listen from you. ” “Cut your fuckin’ head off,” I shouted into the telephone. “Yeah, yeah . . . go away the desktop. ” >>> I CROSSED the street and left the desktop at the aspect of the line, then crossed again and pulled away within the vehicle, south for one more 40 or fifty yards. He slowly rode down the shoulder at the back of me, to the computing device. I’d grew to become the computing device on within the automobile. He picked it up, flipped open the head, checked out it, hit a number of keys, then closed it and positioned the map at the shoulder, weighed down with a pair items of gravel. A motor vehicle zipped prior, the driving force us interestingly; yet he stored going. Carp used to be at the motorbike back, and he rode clear of me and acknowledged into the telephone, “You can get the map. ” He sounded gleeful. the telephone went useless, and as I watched, he took the motorcycle off the line, down the quick slope of the shoulder and onto what should have been a direction that ran all the way down to the levee, around the finish of 1 of the farm fields. I picked up Marvel’s mobile. “He’s left the map, and he’s off the line using right down to the levee.