I T ’ S NOT EVERY DAY THAT I GET A NAKED GIRL ANSWERING THE DOOR I knock on.
Don’t get me wrong—with twenty years of law enforcement under my belt, it’s happened. Just not that often.
“Are you the waiters?” this girl asked. There was a bright but empty look in her eyes that said ecstasy to me, and I could smell weed from inside. The music was thumping, too, the kind of relentless techno that would make me want to slit my wrists if I had to listen to it for long.
“No, we’re not the waiters,” I told her, showing my badge. “Metro police. And you need to put something on, right now.”
She wasn’t even fazed. “There were supposed to be waiters,” she said to no one in particular. It made me sad and disgusted at the same time. This girl didn’t look like she was even out of high school yet, and the men we were here to arrest were old enough to be her father.
“Check her clothes before she puts them on,” I told one of the female officers on the entry team. Besides myself there were five uniformed cops, a rep from Youth and Family Services, three detectives from the Prostitution Unit, and three more from Second District, including my friend John Sampson.
Second District is Georgetown—not the usual stomping grounds for the Prostitution Unit. The white brick N Street town house where we’d arrived was typical for the neighborhood, probably worth somewhere north of five million. It was a rental property, paid six months in advance by proxy, but the paper trail had led back to Dr. Elijah Creem, one of DC’s most in-demand plastic surgeons. As far as we could make out, Creem was funneling funds to pay for these “industry parties,” and his partner in scum, Josh Bergman, was providing the eye candy.
Bergman was the owner of Cap City Dolls, a legit modeling agency based out of an M Street office, with a heavily rumored arm in the underground flesh trade. Detectives at the department were pretty sure that while Bergman was running his aboveboard agency with one hand, he was also dispatching exotic dancers, overnight escorts, masseuses, and porn “talent” with the other. As far as I could tell, the house was filled with “talent” right now, and they all seemed to be about eighteen, more or less. Emphasis on the less.
I couldn’t wait to bust these two scumbags.
Surveillance had put Creem and Bergman downtown at Minibar around seven o’clock that night, and then here at the party house as of nine thirty. Now it was just a game of smoking them out.
Beyond the enclosed foyer the party was in full swing. The front hall and formal living room were packed. It was all Queen Anne furniture and parquet floors on the one hand and half-dressed, tweaked-out kids stomping to the music and drinking out of plastic cups on the other.
“I want everyone contained in this front room,” Sampson shouted at one of the uniforms. “We’ve got an anytime warrant for this house, so start looking. We’re checking for drugs, cash, ledgers, appointment books, cell phones, everything. And get this goddamn music off!”
We left half the team to secure the front of the house and took the rest toward the back, where there was more party going on.
Reprinted from the book Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson. Copyright (C) 2013 by James Patterson. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company.
James Patterson tops the list of bestselling authors who never—ever—fail to deliver what his readers crave: fast-paced, top-notch, action-packed suspense. Especially when the hero is Detective Alex Cross. This time out, Alex is under the gun. It’s true he managed to get renowned plastic surgeon Elijah Creem arrested for sleeping with teenage girls. But unbeknownst to Alex, the evil monster is using his time out on bail to make sure no one will ever recognize him again. And then there’s the young woman found hanging from a sixth-floor window….
Alex is heartsick when he’s told the victim recently gave birth, and no one has a clue as to what happened to the baby. A devoted father himself, Alex wants to find the missing newborn and make sure the killer suffers a fate worse than death. But then there’s another killing…and then another soon after that. Rumors of “serial killer” puts Washington D.C. into an all out frenzy and leaves Alex, his focus fully trained on the murders, unaware that someone is watching him—someone who wants him gone for good.
Alex Cross, Run is a white-knuckle thrill ride with more hairpin turns than a roller coaster. So buckle up!
Hardcover Book : 416 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA ( November 19, 2012 )
Item #: 13-492351
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.97inches
Product Weight: 15.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Sorry, but Patterson is getting a little too gruesome in his old age. Too graphic, too much blood, and once again, criminals way too smart.
Still like him, though.
Patterson sure does come up with some evil, crazy characters!
You will not be disappointed.
Reviewer: Debbie R
It was a good book. I enjoyed it . It kept me enter tained.
Reviewer: sheri n
As always, James Patterson came through. Love Alex Cross!