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The Innocent

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The Innocent

Vanessa Michael Munroe Series, Book 2
Vanessa Michael Monroe--the fearless heroine of the New York Times bestseller The Informationist--returns in a gripping new thriller.Eight years ago, five-year old Hannah was spirited out of school and...
Vanessa Michael Monroe--the fearless heroine of the New York Times bestseller The Informationist--returns in a gripping new thriller.Eight years ago, five-year old Hannah was spirited out of school and...
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  • Vanessa Michael Monroe--the fearless heroine of the New York Times bestseller The Informationist--returns in a gripping new thriller.

    Eight years ago, five-year old Hannah was spirited out of school and into the closed world of a cult known as The Chosen. Ever since, followers of its leader have hidden the child and shielded her abductor. Now, childhood survivors of The Chosen who have escaped to make a life for themselves on the outside know here to find Hannah and turn to Vanessa Michael Munroe for help. Munroe reluctantly takes the job, and travels to Buenos Aires to infiltrate the cult and save the girl. Inducted in to a world unlike anything she has faced before, Munroe must navigate unpredictable members and their dangerous cohorts, the impatient survivors who hired her, and the struggle against her own increasingly violent nature so she can rescue the child before the window of opportunity closes and Hannah is lost forever.

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  • Chapter One

    He picked up the handset, exhaled, and dialed a call he'd never expected to make.
    Capstone was owned and operated by Miles Bradford, former Special Forces turned private contractor, the man who'd been by Munroe's side when the world had turned upside down. If there was ever a person who'd want to know about her current state, who'd be willing to get involved in a nightmare predicament for no other reason than that it involved her, that man was Bradford.

    Anticlimactically, Logan was put on hold. During the frustrating wait, he moved methodically about the room, scanning surfaces and opening drawers, careful to leave everything as he'd found it while the phone to his ear provided background music. He was checking beneath the sofa when Beethoven's Ninth was clipped short by a cheery voice announcing Capstone, as if it were some high-stakes New York marketing firm instead of the bullets-and-blood mercenary outfit Logan knew it to be.

    According to the receptionist, Bradford was out of the country.

    "I know you have a way to get in contact with him," Logan said.

    "Tell him that Michael's in trouble and that if he wants to talk to me, this line's only going to be clear for the next three or four hours."

    He recited the apartment's phone number, and after a routine reassurance that someone would get back to him, he hung up and moved on to the meager pantry.
    He was violating Munroe's space and her privacy, a deed not done lightly, hunting for what he knew was hidden somewhere nearby. He didn't need a visual to confirm his suspicions, but he did want the specifics in order to assess the damage.

    He was in the middle of Munroe's bathroom when the phone rang. Logan fumbled and then recovered. The wait had been thirty minutes, not a bad measure of Bradford's concern.

    There was static on the line and a few seconds' delay, but even through that Logan could hear the clipped, impatient quality of Bradford's tone.

    "I just got your message," he said. "What kind of trouble is she in?"
    Carefully scripted, Logan said, "The self-inflicted, oops-look-at-that-I'm-dead kind of trouble."

    There was a pregnant pause and Bradford said finally, "Suicide?"

    Logan closed his eyes and exhaled slowly. "No, she's very much alive. But she's self-medicating. And she's started carrying knives again."

    Silence, and then, "How long has this been going on?"

    "I have no idea. I flew into Morocco this morning and she met me at the airport. The signs are all there, she doesn't try to hide them--flaunts them, even--she's poking at me with them, like she wants me to know. I'm going to take a guess and say it's only been a few weeks. She just moved to Tangier, and it could be related."

    "Any idea what she's taking?"

    "Not sure," Logan said. "I'm trying to find out. Never thought I'd see the day she started this shit again, but if history's any predictor, it'll be legal and she'll have a fake prescription."

    Logan searched the nightstand drawers. "Anyway, she's out with Noah right now. I'm ransacking her apartment."
    Bradford exhaled a low whistle.

    "She won't know," Logan said. "Been there, done that, won't get caught."

    There was another pause and then Bradford said, "Logan, I'm in Afghanistan. There's no way for me to get out of here for another weekand until then I'm at a loss as to what I can do."

    Logan knelt to look under the bed. "I'm not sure either," he said."I just figured you'd want to know. You're the obvious intervention partner of choice--I mean, you were there, you know better than anyof us why she's doing...

About the Author-
  • TAYLOR STEVENS is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Catch, The Doll, and The Informationist, all featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe. Her novels have received critical acclaim, have been published in twenty languages, and The Informationist has been optioned for film by James Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment. Raised in communes across the globe and denied an education beyond the sixth grade, Stevens broke free of the Children of God and now lives in Texas, where she is currently at work on the next Munroe adventure.

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